I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:21 pm

Looks like I didn't totally get off the hook. I've been having to top off the coolant every few days and there's a strong smell of it inside the car when I'm driving. I haven't seen any evidence of a leak anywhere. Carpet is dry, no drips under car, no antifreeze mixed with oil, and no huge clouds of white smoke out the exhaust. Not sure where it's going. Also I think I might need to replace that blower motor soon. My windows don't want to unfog at all. Kinda makes driving hard when you can't see a damn thing.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:31 pm

I dub you: Luckiest guy on E3P. Seriously wow.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:40 pm

I'm lucky cuz my antifreeze is running away without a trace?
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:17 pm

That you can just tap in freeze plugs from under the car and be good lol.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:59 pm

Yeah, I guess in that way I was lucky. I really gotta figure out where all my antifreeze is going though.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:42 pm

Read the plugs, it may be going through the cylinders without a ton of smoke, plus it's cold out so that makes it harder to see coolant clouds since the exhaust looks the same when it's cold anyway. Reading the plugs will tell you if coolant is getting in there, they will be nice and clean.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:07 pm

My guess is the heater core is leaking, which would explain the strong antifreeze smell inside my car, especially after it warms up enough for the thermostat to open. I would expect the carpet to be wet with antifreeze though, but so far it's been dry every time I checked. Thinking that might also be why the windows are fogging up so damn much. On my way home last night I had to keep wiping the inside of the windshield the entire second half of the trip. There seems to be a film build-up on all of the glass that windex won't even get off. The only part of the windshield that unfogs is directly above the vents if I have the blower on high. I've never seen a car fog up as much as this one's been doing lately.

I know it's harder to see coolant clouds in the winter, but there's zero coolant smell in the exhaust when the car's running. I've smelled many blown head gasket exhausts, and I don't believe that's it.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:45 pm

heater core is easy to check. Maybe the freeze just pushed the o rings out and it's weeping, may not even need to replace the core, just the o-rings.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:11 pm

I know in a lot of cars the whole dash needs to come out to replace the heater core. I'm hoping that's not the case with our cars. From what I've read there's 2 different versions. I don't know which one I have yet. No time to even look.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:16 am

It is. But removing the dash isn't that bad.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:33 pm

Is it possible for coolant to leak into the clutch? A couple times last night, and then again once this morning, when starting from a stop in 1st gear something didn't feel right. It didn't feel like the clutch was slipping exactly. It felt more like the clutch engaged and disengaged several times before it finally caught. It's hard to describe. This morning I noticed the 1 time it happened was right when I got the first strong smell of coolant. I had the blower off, and the windows have been staying MUCH clearer. When I got out of the car at work I smelled it outside the car. Should I be really worried? This car is my only transportation at the moment. Last night I checked the new freeze plug I put in, and it looked nice and dry. I haven't been able to check the plug that I tapped back in yet, because the exhaust is in the way and I can't get it on a lift.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby Yoshi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:12 pm

I can't imagine coolant would be getting onto the clutch. It'd have to do some acrobatics to get there. Like maybe that hose on the back of the head that leads to the heater core? But that should be easy enough to check.

That coolant smell in the car def sounds like the heater core. Ick.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby M20_fever » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:01 pm

you don't have to pull the dash to replace the core. When you checked the freeze plugs did you look close to make sure you weren't getting any coolant weeping from the head gasket down the side of the block?

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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby 87e30 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:21 am

Other than the oil dribbling out everything looked dry. I actually had that link open on my phone already. I skimmed it very briefly. I just need this car to last until I get the black one on the road in the spring. Then I can fix everything on it correctly and have a very reliable car.
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Re: I want to kick this cold weather in the fayse! (engine problems)

Postby superj » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:33 pm

You might have to route around the heater core and use one of those electric ones that plug into the lighterr, for now. I think your heater core is leaking also.

Its easy to fix but if its cold where you live, changing it could suck horribly. Thats why i say route around it in the engine bay and use a plug in heater
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