Question by asingledream: Does this sound like a leaking heating core?
I have a ’92 Toyota Tercel. Over the past week or so, I’ve notice a light tendriling smoke coming from the heating vents when my car is idle for any length of time (ie. in a drive thru). The gauge appears to work as usual, and it never even gets half way into the ‘red zone’. The smoke has no distinctive scent, but there isn’t a lot of it, so it would be hard to tell. I have been told that it is ‘likely’ a leaking heater core and it would be an expensive thing to fix. Is it safe to drive temporarily as long as I keep an eye on the coolant level and it doesn’t appear to get worse? This is a commuter car and rarely idles for any period of time, but I’m wondering if I can keep it running until I can afford to replace it.
Answer by ja man
Generally if the heater core is bad you will have a sweet smell in the cabin of the vihicle and also you should see fluid leaking on the ground on the side of the car that the heater core is located. As long as you aren’t losing fluid you shouldn’t worry about the heater just keep an eye on it. Also I’d check the exhaust and make sure there isn’t a leak in it that could be very dangerous for you.
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