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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    New Mexico

    Default Coolant smell in cabin?

    Greetings all,

    New to this forum and my used 2000 XC with 185K.

    When driving, there is an intermittent coolant smell with the heat on. I know this would normally point to a heater core issue, but there is no wetness on carpet that I can discern and no film on windshield. About every other day the low coolant light comes on and I add about 4oz of fluid.

    Any ideas from experience?

    Thanks in advance!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Devon PA


    It's still probably your heater core JUST starting to leak at the fitting. All you need is a drop for the smell.
    Regardless... the system has a leak somewhere. It could be on the engine side of the firewall as an antifreeze smell is strong and it travels!
    Check your entire heating/cooling system now before it does leak all over your carpet
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