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Old 03-28-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Coolant Leak when using heater????

Yet another "Coolant Leak" question. I did some research, but nothing specific to the issue I am facing. It seems that when I drive around on non cold days (meaning I don't use the heater), my coolant level seems to stay constant and at the top of the reservoir.

However, when I use the heater, I can smell a faint whiff of coolant and after driving around a while (a couple of hours), I can see that the level in the coolant tank has dropped about 1/4"-1/2".

I am thinking heater core (which I replaced not too long ago, when there was a bad coolant smell, and I could see coolant at the bottom of the heater core housing), must circulate hot water when I activate the heater, thus maybe another leak.

I just assumed that the heater core always circulated hot water, no matter what the temp setting, but maybe I am wrong? What could be an explanation for this unique coolant loss?

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Old 03-28-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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Check this link I found on the web Coolant smell through AC vents in 06 Boxster S
I think it's exactly the problem you described. Keep an update if it helps or not.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:23 AM   #3
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You need to replace your heater core. It's an easy diy.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:10 AM   #4
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I thought this related to a heat exchanger. Are these terms interchangable?

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