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Old 08-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Brownish Fluid getting dumped onto my passenger foot well.

I've had this happen to me twice so far. The first wasn't so bad but now it was at least half a gallons worth. It always seems to happen over night so I can't see exactly where it's coming from. It looks like very watery oil and under the glove box is sometimes damp. I've heard that there's a condensor behind that that could be the problem but I have no idea. I'm more of a computer guy then car guy so If anyone has had this problem or know what it is, it would be greatly appreciated.


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Heater core is back there and they sometimes spring leaks. Is your coolant level down at all? If so, that's your most likely culprit.
Not a fun job...
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Deff your heater core, you can bypass it for a temp fix but you will not have any heat. Deff a pain in the ass to fix.
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Where does the fluid come out though? Does it come through the vent
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No, it leaks from the actual heater core unit behind your glove box...
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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No, it leaks from the actual heater core unit behind your glove box...
Would you guys have a good recommendation on a guide to fixing/replacing it. I have a mechanic friend who's been doing my car work for me and he thought this might be the issue.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:18 PM   #7
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It hasn't rained lately on your car has it? Windshield cowl has been known to leak onto passenger side floor.
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^^^ Very common to have a leaky cowl... I would sugest investing in a repair manual.. Although it can be done by the average DIY repairman, it is a long and tedious process to get to the heater core and to replace it. I would sugest having your mechanic friend help you. You can check if its a leaky cowl by turning on your garden hose and hosing down the windshield and front of the car to see if you can replicate the leak.
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And hope it's a leaky cowl!
The Haynes manual gives you a good step-by-step if it is the heater core. Be prepared for a long job (shop book time is 10 hrs, IIRC). Entirely doable, just requires patience and a methodical approach.
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Well now that you guys mention it, it does seem to happen after some rainfalls, but ive had many in between that it hasnt.

If it's a leaky cowl, why would the fluid be brown and what is a cowl and where is it? Sorry I dont know these terms, as Ive stated, more tech then manual.
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