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Old 06-22-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Heater core

So just wanted to tell my LFX buds here if you see your windshield fogging or smell coolant or a rubbery smell beware your heater core may be going out. Found out the hard way when boiling coolant came out on the passenger side floor on my wife's feet. Been a week now and the car is still not done at the dealer, they have to remove the windshield and pull the entire dash out of the front to replace it. Search here they are giving out at 1-2 years left and right
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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This exact instance happened on my Malibu as well. Only had 56k miles on it and it was an 09'.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
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It did it again. After a week in the dealer in June, its leaking coolant inside the car again and the smell is back. Here we go again.....
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:34 AM   #4
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I've heard far too many similar stories.

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Old 09-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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has GM relisted a notice ? is this on 2012-2013 v6 only
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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The possibility of heater core failure was a concern of mine. Sorry to hear that happened not only once, but 2 times!!?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Waiting for return phone call from GM "district" service rep. No way the car is going back to the same dealer, they have screwed up all 3 of my chevys, idiots. Gave them a bad survey last time, they were calling within a couple days. Broken plastic parts and screws left inside car, 3 craftsman 1/4 sockets, multiple screws and clips, etc. Tried to return a dirty car to me after it was there 9 days outside, total morons.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:18 AM   #8
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My baby is at the dealer right now for the exact same thing...
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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would be nice if they still did the heater core like it was in my 88 Beretta, it sat in a pan with a drain so when the core went fluid leaked outside the car and not all over the inside.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #10
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would be nice if they still did the heater core like it was in my 88 Beretta, it sat in a pan with a drain so when the core went fluid leaked outside the car and not all over the inside.
Common sense design is not so common now, right? I'm sure design has improved elsewhere, but that's a pretty good setup they used to have.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #11
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Got mine back after 3 weeks, this dealer much better than last one. Car still has smell of coolant, cant seem to get rid of it, hopefully it will fade. If the 3rd one leaks I'm trading the car in and Chevy is gonna eat it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:38 AM   #12
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Common sense design is not so common now, right?
Not just design.

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Old 11-02-2013, 08:21 AM   #13
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Looks like GM doesn't want you to work on your own car.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:48 AM   #14
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So if I never use my heat will I stay immune to any possible heater core issues. Didn't realize this was a big issue....
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So if I never use my heat will I stay immune to any possible heater core issues. Didn't realize this was a big issue....
Doesn't matter if you use the heat or not, coolant is always flowing through it anyway.
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If you wanted to be immune from it, disconnect both heater hoses under the hood and loop them together. That would keep coolant from flowing through the heater core. Of course you'll completely disable the heat that way.

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Old 11-05-2013, 11:21 AM   #17
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Call me ignorant on the matter, but how does a heater core fail to the point that it leaks on the floor? What fails? A seal? The core itself? It's not a complicated part. I don't understand how it could be designed in such a way that it would fail in such a catastrophic manner.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:13 PM   #18
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Not a seal; there are likely none, unless it's got welded on tanks on the ends of the core. The heater core is just another radiator, but smaller and inside your dash. The material used to make these must be crap, as it appears something is eating away the water passage from the inside causing them to fail. Until we get some pictures of failed cores we may never know if there's any pattern to the failures of if they are all random breaks.

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:39 AM   #19
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The dealer had no idea why they failed. The bad thing is I cant seem to get all the coolant smell to go away. Hoping it will eventually fade at least until the next heater core failure, at which point Chevy is getting their car back permanently.
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