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Old 02 Apr 2016, 01:04 pm
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Default Is it perhaps the heater core leaking?

Slightly at panic stations here. However, I noticed the carpet on the passengers side is wet and damp. Being in the UK, that would be the drivers side for those in the US.

I have had trouble with coolant issues, ruled out a rad leak. So not sure. However, if it is the heater core, it would mean bye bye PT here as the cost to replace is just astronomical.

I got a few more tests to do to now check my coolant etc. Still needs to be bled. just replaced thermostat.

Someone just mentioned to me it could be a heater core leak and left me hanging with that. The bastard.

I am still holding out the wet carpet could be a door seal needing replacing, not sure.
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does it stink like coolant?
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Old 02 Apr 2016, 02:40 pm
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Nope. Though it is hard to tell as I last filled up with just water as I was losing so much. A valve went kapput, had it fixed but then had over heating issues.

The water on the floor though appears most wet from the side kick panel rather than from the top of the foot well area.
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If it looks like it's coming in from under the kick panel, I'd check the cowl (plastic pieces under the wipers) for a lot of debris. If you have a lot of leaves and crap in there, the cowl can't drain properly and the water will run inside the car. It could also just be a clogged a/c drain tube. Clean it out and see what happens. And of course you're going to have overheating issues with just water in it, you wanker, water boils at 212 degrees fahrenheit. You need a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water.
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Default Re: Is it perhaps the heater core leaking?

Easy to diagnose.

With windows closed spray your windshield with water. Is the floor damp? Repeat with water over the sunroof and the door.

Add antifreeze to your radiator. After running the car for a while does the fluid on the floor smell like antifreeze? (most likely heater core if it does)
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Old 03 Apr 2016, 10:57 am
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If it looks like it's coming in from under the kick panel, I'd check the cowl (plastic pieces under the wipers) for a lot of debris. If you have a lot of leaves and crap in there, the cowl can't drain properly and the water will run inside the car. It could also just be a clogged a/c drain tube. Clean it out and see what happens. And of course you're going to have overheating issues with just water in it, you wanker, water boils at 212 degrees fahrenheit. You need a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water.
haha, I know. I meant I had to do a quick fix fillup to get me home. Usually I do have the anti freeze in there too, but it has been losing it for a while.

At first I thought it was heavy rain, it rains almost every day of the year where I am, however, the carpet was drenched after a few days of actual clear weather so I ruled that out.

I just checked the carpet now after i put in my mix of anti freeze and it doesn't smell of anti freeze. Though that is vanishing somewhere. Can't be a seal issue as we have not had rain for a few days now.
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