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#1 (permalink) Old 01-21-2004, 04:14 PM
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This is a new problem...
I had an oil leak for awhile but i got "OIL STOP LEAK" or something and it's virtually stopped. Now i go outside and see coolant on the ground. I just got a new radiator so i know it's not that..... And no today i went to the store and saw a VERY VERY VERY Faint while haze... like fog coming outa my heat/ac vents it only lasted like 2-5 seconds and i cranked on the heat too see if anymore would come out... None did and the heat worked fine... As i was out the car DID NOT overheated. Can anyone help me? it seems like one thing after another with this car...

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Is the coolant leak a big leak, or a small. What part of the car is it coming from, front or back?

Which car/engine do you have?
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It's coming from the front... it's a small leak... 92 525i (e34)

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If it was the heater core, it would drip out of the ac drains, which would be at about the foot pedal position. If it's closer to the front, its gotta be something else.
Fill the coolant, run the engine and let it get hot. This will pressurize the cooling system, which will make finding a leak easier.
Grab the engine fan with the engine off, and see if there is any play in the pump-even if there isn't, it may still be leaking. A good flashlite and a mirror are good for seeing the small out of the way places.
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UPDATE: i went out this morning and there was nothing on the ground... BUT when i was driving the haze coming from my heater vents was still there (only like the first 5 min i was driving though)

what could this be?

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stoners in your dashboard...
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stoners in your dashboard...
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Anyway... does anyone know what could be wrong?

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I know this might sound dumb but what does the air from your vents smell like? (not pot smoke king scare) Where do you live? Has the a/c been serviced recently? and Is there any condensation around the vents?

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No condensation... and the haze smells like coolant...

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I need to know if this is a big problem soon... I am planning on taking a 400 mile trip in mid february so i would need to have it serviced/fixed be4 then if it's a big problem... Thanks!!!

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It would be best to pressure test the system. Find the leak, if it has one. Any leak can develop into a problem.
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