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What is wrong when a 96 Honda Accord heater gets very very hot and has a slight burning smell like antifreeze and temp gauge is running hotter?

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2005-01-26 05:05:15
2005-01-26 05:05:15

Your car seems to have an overheating problem, check radiator hoses, cooing fans, presure test radiator (if you dont have a tester the local auto parts store will ussaly do it for free). and then check your water pump (easy pump test, hold upper radiator hose, and pull accel cable, the hose should bludge. You also need to change the heater core as that is what is giving you the smell of hot antifreeze

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Your car shouldn't "burn" antifreeze. If it actually is "burning" antifreeze then chances are you have a blown/leaking head gasket or possibly a cracked engine block which allows antifreeze to enter the combustion chambers. If your antifreeze is just disappearing then it is probably leaking out from somewhere. Possible leak areas to check out would be the radiator hoses, heater hoses, radiator, water pump, and the heater core. Most of the time if the heater core is leaking you'll be able to smell the antifreeze inside the car while the engine is running and the heater is on.

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possibly a leaking heater core look for antifreeze dripping into the interior of the vehicle. usually it is the core or hose connected to the heater core.

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It does not have a block heater.

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Antifreeze is used to heat the cab of your vehicle. When you turn on your heat in your cab, it opens up a valve that allows the hot antifreeze to flow from the radiator into the heater core. If there is a leak in the rubber tubes that flow into the heater core, or if the heatercore is damaged, you will smell the antifreeze in the cab of the vehicle. You may need new hoses to the heater core and/or a new heater core.

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I would check the hoses leading into your radiator, and also the overflow for antifreeze. If that is not the problem, it could be your heater core. Your heater core might be leaking, you might have a hose leaking

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Does it smell like burning antifreeze? Usally it means that the heater-core is going bad. If you do not service it it can be a lot worse. You will end up with Anitfreeze all over you passenger side floor board.

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Your heater core is leaking, Need to REPLACE HEATER CORE.

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if you got antifreeze on your windshield when you turn the heater on, it's bad

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The nipple next to the heater core hoses is the drain tube for the a/c . The antifreeze is coming from the heater core , that is leaking .

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Clarification of terminology- Heater core not heater coil. And Yes there is a very good chance that it may be leaking.

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heater core possibly plugged and leaking

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You have either a cracked heater core or bad heater hoses that are allowing antifreeze to enter into the vehicle............

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Check both the heater core as well as the heater hoses for leaks...........


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