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Old 03-06-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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Leaking coolant and stinkin up the joint?

I have a 2001 zts and I'm leaking coolant fairly quickly, but it doesn't go empty. Also, when I fill the reservoir, and turn my heat on, I get a very strong smell of coolant in the car. I'm thinking it's leaking onto something hot and the evaporation is being sucked in through the heater. I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet because it's been so damn cold, but just thought I'd ask if any of you have had the same problem to help guide me to the correct spot. Thanks!

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Old 03-06-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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Thermostat outlet/housing on the engine is a quite common place to leak. Search the messages for more info.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:00 PM   #3
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Is the floor wet with coolant? Does the windshield fog up inside when you put the defroster on? These things are caused by a leaking heater core.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:02 AM   #4
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No wetness on the floor and not fogging up. I've found if I turn on the recirculation, I don't get the smell in the cab.
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I'll 2nd what Peguin stated , as I had the same issue with my car.
I found the gasket/seal that goes between the Thermostat housing and engine block had a crack in it , and a small cut in one of the hoses that run into the thermostat housing.
Is there coolant on the ground after you stop ? Is it on the drivers side or dripping of the transmission ?
If so , then start looking in the housing area.
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