1997 Daihatsu Charade losing so much water, overheating

Tiny
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  • 1997 DAIHATSU CHARADE
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 183,000 MILES
Heyy, my names chloe I own a charade,
recently its been drinking water and coolant like there is no tomorrow every trip I need to top it up fully, just yeterday when I turned on the heater, it started blowing out steam through the vents,
i think something might be wrong with the heat core/ theres a leak.
can you please tell me your thoughts/advice.
and how can I fix it myself

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014 AT 8:17 PM

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Tiny
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It definitely sounds like you have a heater core problem. Check the passenger floorboard for wetness.
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 AT 5:56 AM
Tiny
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I did and unfortunatly its like the atlantic ocean on the passenger side :(
i've like pulled most of the dash apart, but im not sure where its located
heeelpp mee :(
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 AT 6:07 AM
Tiny
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The heater core is in the ductwork for the ac. The whole dash usually has to come out. I'm searching for a diagram now
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 AT 6:18 AM
Tiny
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You are by far amazing! Thankyou so much,
i've pretty much pulled out everything from the dash, I see where the water has dripped all down along the dash and stuff but im not sure where it is still :(
you wouldnt happen to know where I could get the part? Besides a mechanic (they charge ridiculous) im hoping I could fix it myself :)
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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Those cars are rare but a regular parts house should be able to order it, or you can go online. Google it, itll come up. Lol
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 4:36 PM
Tiny
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Yeahhh, I just decided to by pass it for the mean time,
takes to long to take the whole dash apart to find what im looking for haha,
i have anotherrr question, (my car is dying :( )
haha I serviced it, put in new spark plugs and, oil filter, fuel filter and stuff. Buttt sometimes when im like idoling, or coming like coming to a complete stop.
My car stalls. And its an auto :(
haha any idea what that might be :P?
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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You rock with the bypass! I didn't suggest it cause its winter. Don't know where you are. If your car is stalling, check for vacuum leaks by spraying all around the hoses and intake with carb spray and the engine running. Youll hear a slight idle increase when you hit a vac leak. If not id have the throttle body cleaned. You can get a kit that is used while the engine is running that cleans the whole intake including the throttle body
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 5:31 PM
Tiny
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You're like the jesus of cars hahaha mr knowledge!
I shall check that
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
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Jesus says, "good luck, my child"
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 6:19 PM

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