1992 Ford Explorer heater cord

Tiny
SEADS1977
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1992 Ford Explorer 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

im pretty sure my heater cord is gone I smell a fishy smell like radiator coming from the heat also its leaking fluid or water underneath the car on the right side kind of near the tire is this my heater core or control valve
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 4:54 PM

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Tiny
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I more thing to look for,
dose it fog the windshield when you put the heater on defrost and if so
100 % heater core is bad and leaking
big job
let me know
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 5:59 PM
Tiny
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I did see fog on my windsheild today but how do you know if its the heater control vave and in the meantime what should I do between now and monday when driving I cant get it fixed until then will my car overheat the radiator is new I just had it put on this feb.
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 7:27 PM
Tiny
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If it fogged on the inside u need the heater core
no valve inside the dash (HVAC BOX)
truck will run hot and will over heat if low on coolant
keep radiator full with coolant
if you do not need the heat
u can bypass the heater core
by disconnecting the heater hoses on the out side and loop them together
good luck
heater core is located inside the HVAC box
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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Is the hvac box the glove box
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 1:24 PM
Tiny
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Okay im back I got someone to put my heater core on they did it in 1 hour. Now the water is still leaking from up under the car I looked in the hood I can see its coming from a top hose on the right side water is leaking out the top hose whats happening now?
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 2:42 PM
Tiny
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Heater core replacement in 1 hour? I would be afraid of what that might look like.

To replace the heater core you have to disassemble your dashboard, which that alone takes quiet a while to do even for the experienced mechanic, seeing as how it has so many electrical components and other components attached to it.

You better recheck that replacement work, it sounds like one of the hoses was not hooked up correctly or the hose is faulty/loose.
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 2:51 PM
Tiny
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One hour to do a heater core !I DO NOT THINK SO

something is wrong for sure

its over 7 hours to do the heater core
get a local shop to take a look at it for you
as who ever helped you I don't believe they did a heater core job
good luck
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 2:56 PM
Tiny
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It was a hose he didnt clamp back on but it did only take one hour but one more thing my heat doesnt get hotter than the old heater core.
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 3:28 PM
Tiny
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No offense to anyone but I am just not seeing a heater core replacement in one hour. It's just not possible. I really suggest you having the replacement job rechecked.
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 3:41 PM
Tiny
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Do you know why its not hotter than the old one
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 3:45 PM
Tiny
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Did you top coolant back off after leak?
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
DAVE H
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Not hi-jacking this. But I think he may have just flushed the core for you.? Not replaced it
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Yesterday I was driving I thought I had smelled something burning today I went to crank up the car and smoke was coming out the vents and also through the holes on top of the hood now what is happening?
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008 AT 3:25 PM
Tiny
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HEATER CORE
NO GOOD
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008 AT 6:15 PM
Tiny
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I bought it brand new at autozone how can it be no good ok the guy that did it wont be back in town until next week so what should I do in the mean time
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008 AT 6:44 PM

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