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Old 10-31-2010, 08:35   #1 (permalink)
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1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon coolant smell problem

Hi,
I have a 1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon which upon driving it, the windshield is getting fogged and it smells of coolant. The defrost on the windshield does not work, I am wiping it with a cloth.
I do not see any coolant coming from the hoses, no fluid on the ground either.
I took out 2 spark plugs and no liquid in the spark plugs. Took the radiator cap off to see if the coolant boils or pours out and over and it doesn't.
The car isn't loosing power or overheating, the coolant lever stays in the C position.
Could the coolant be leaking from the heater core? The floor mats inside of the car are dry.
Any ideas?
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Re: 1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon coolant smell problem

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Hi,
I have a 1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon which upon driving it, the windshield is getting fogged and it smells of coolant. The defrost on the windshield does not work, I am wiping it with a cloth.
I do not see any coolant coming from the hoses, no fluid on the ground either.
I took out 2 spark plugs and no liquid in the spark plugs. Took the radiator cap off to see if the coolant boils or pours out and over and it doesn't.
The car isn't loosing power or overheating, the coolant lever stays in the C position.
Could the coolant be leaking from the heater core? The floor mats inside of the car are dry.
Any ideas?
Thank you
Very likely the heater core. May not be bad enough to drip onto the carpet yet. On some cars you can stuff your head under the dash and have a peek through one of the flaps and see if there are any damp patches.

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Re: 1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon coolant smell problem

x2^ I believe it's the heater core too.
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Re: 1990 Ford Crown Victoria Wagon coolant smell problem

Hi, definately a heater core, and sometimes if you lift the carpet you will see it's been leaking for some time. After all the carpet padding gets soaked, then it will rise to the surface and pool.
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