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Old 10-26-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy I'm without my car for a few days...

I noticed a foul smell coming from the A/C vents a few weeks back. Xtine (my g/f) suggested that it smelled like celery. The day before I took it to the dealer for the HVAC upgrade 2 weeks ago, I noticed something was leaking where the glove compartment box and center console meet. It looked pinkish-red and had the same smell. They performed the upgrade and the smell went away, but turned into what Xtine said, smelled like syrup. The leaking was still there so I took it to the dealer today and they said that it's the heater core that was leaking and that they have to order a replacement.

Any one had this?
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Had this happen to me in my old Buick lol. It sucked for me because it dumped what seemed like 2 gallons of antifreeze into my floorboard. That was a crappy winter. When the heater core initially went out, i had that same syrup smell, and eventually smoke started coming out of my vents. Then it dumped on to my floor when the core finally crapped out.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:17 PM   #3
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i read someone else had the same problem, and to get to the heater core they had to remove windshield and the entire dashboard
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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i read someone else had the same problem, and to get to the heater core they had to remove windshield and the entire dashboard
the windshield had to be removed, wow.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:48 PM   #5
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yeah i couldnt believe it either but someone on this forum had it done, he said they replaced the windshild and carpet. there is a bolt that cannot be accessed to remove dash without taking the windshield out, and one of the many times i was watching camaro ultimate factories when they installed the dash there was a guy inserting the bolt on top of the dash. maybe thru time mechanics might be able to figure a way to do this job without removing major items.
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:17 PM   #6
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i read someone else had the same problem, and to get to the heater core they had to remove windshield and the entire dashboard
Ah crap...:(
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #7
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Dang, that sucks. 16k on mine and still never back to dealer for anything, but need to take it soon. Loose spoiler caused paint damage that needs to be fixed and need the USB upgrade and a few other things.
Where did you take it? I saw your post about Selman and gave up on Don Steves a long time ago. What good dealer around our area do you know of?
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:32 PM   #8
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Thanks, cterry! I took my car to my home dealer, Connell Chevrolet. So far, they haven't done me wrong!

I took my car to Richard Hibbard Chevrolet for the PDIM programming and they were REALLY good up there. They're in Claremont, a bit of a drive but I have no regrets going there.

UPDATE: I get my car back today, but it ain't fixed :( Reason being is that my Service Advisor told me that they have to order a new windshield. I don't think they damaged mine cuz I'll get to take my car home, but I guess I gotta wait for the complete fix.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #9
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yeah i couldnt believe it either but someone on this forum had it done, he said they replaced the windshild and carpet. there is a bolt that cannot be accessed to remove dash without taking the windshield out, and one of the many times i was watching camaro ultimate factories when they installed the dash there was a guy inserting the bolt on top of the dash. maybe thru time mechanics might be able to figure a way to do this job without removing major items.
Ok, I'm not an engineer, but WTF is the deal with that kind of design. Wouldn't it make sense to leave the easiest access as possible to replace these kinds of parts? I've seen this in all kinds of cars on certain parts. Just seems idiotic to have these kinds of designs. I mean it's no big deal when it's under warranty, but think about it down the road. If it goes out and you are no longer under warranty, can you imagine the labor cost.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:07 PM   #10
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The day before I took it to the dealer for the HVAC upgrade 2 weeks ago,

There is an upgrade on the AC unit? Where and how did you find out about this..
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:44 PM   #11
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Ok, I'm not an engineer, but WTF is the deal with that kind of design. Wouldn't it make sense to leave the easiest access as possible to replace these kinds of parts? I've seen this in all kinds of cars on certain parts. Just seems idiotic to have these kinds of designs. I mean it's no big deal when it's under warranty, but think about it down the road. If it goes out and you are no longer under warranty, can you imagine the labor cost.
Its a conspiracy to force you to spend more money at the dealership. If you could fix things at home - or better yet - they made better quality cars that didn't break, then the service department wouldn't make any money.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:46 PM   #12
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Its a conspiracy to force you to spend more money at the dealership. If you could fix things at home - or better yet - they made better quality cars that didn't break, then the service department wouldn't make any money.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:22 PM   #13
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There is an upgrade on the AC unit? Where and how did you find out about this..
Oh, this was the original HVAC upgrade that everybody but me got

I got more details of why the heck they have to order a new windshield: The only way that they can get to the heater core is through the dash. They can't go through the engine bay and they can't go from under the dash, they gotta go straight on. This means that they gotta get the windshield out of the way. In doing so, they ruin the black seal that helps to hold the windshield in place and prevents water from going in. GM decided that the seal has to already be glued to the windshield and they don't sell/send just the seal by itself.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:28 PM   #14
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Oh, this was the original HVAC upgrade that everybody but me got
How exactly did you NOT get this upgrade...
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:57 AM   #15
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How exactly did you NOT get this upgrade...
It's beyond me...
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:05 PM   #16
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so the dashboard did not have to come out completly
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:07 PM   #17
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i guess you could always by pass the heater core and live without the heater
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Ok, I'm not an engineer, but WTF is the deal with that kind of design. Wouldn't it make sense to leave the easiest access as possible to replace these kinds of parts? I've seen this in all kinds of cars on certain parts. Just seems idiotic to have these kinds of designs. I mean it's no big deal when it's under warranty, but think about it down the road. If it goes out and you are no longer under warranty, can you imagine the labor cost.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #18
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Without my car as well. All my lifters need to be replaced already due to bad lifters. My camaro only has 1,000 miles. Has anyone else had lifter problems?
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:03 PM   #19
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so the dashboard did not have to come out completly
No...at least not yet, actually. When they get my new windshield, I'll have to take my car back and then they will perform all the work (remove and ruin my current windshield, remove dashboard, replace heater core, replace dashboard, install new windshield).

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i guess you could always by pass the heater core and live without the heater
Yea, I guess it doesn't get that cold here in So Cal
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:21 PM   #20
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The windshield has arrived, so I'll be taking my baby to the dealer today after work...they said it might be done by Thursday or Friday :(
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #21
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so im guessing the hvac update is important?....i've got 26k on mine..and no problems like that yet.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:25 AM   #22
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I guess so...that's what I get for not listening :(
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:54 AM   #23
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Okay, got my car back on Friday, new windshield and all. I think everything is good, but I didn't have to use the heater over the weekend. A few things that didn't go smoothly was that when I left the dealership, I turned on the A/C but it didn't come on. I have to drive back because one of the connectors wasn't properly connected As I got on the freeway, I got a message on the DIC that said "Service Tire Monitoring System" with a picture of a wrench. I went back the next day and it only took about 10-15 minutes to reset it. They told me that BCM needed to be reset for it because it was disconnected when they operated on my car.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:23 PM   #24
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so did the windshield and the entire dash had to come out
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:28 PM   #25
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Is there a factory bulletin on the upgrade to the heater/ac?? I've had my Camaro back a couple of times and the dealer has not mentioned anything. Where can I fine out the information?? Thanks in advance
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