1997 Ford F-150 fogging up windows

Tiny
JDSHOEMAKE
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  • 1997 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 239,000 MILES
When I am driving my truck after some time the inside of my windshield will start fogging up. This is without any heat, fan or anything on. I have to put water every now and then in the over flow. It also has a smell like it is getting hot. My gauge on the dash stays between cold and hot, middle way. I noticed today that I had some water dripping near my front passanger tire, I have not noticed this before. What would cause this? Thanks for your help.
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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 AT 9:54 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Thank you for providing a lot of great observations. Unfortunately that makes the diagnosis fairly easy. The heater core in the dash is leaking. Your truck has air conditioning. There is a drip pan under part of the system in the dash to collect condensation when the air conditioning is running. That drip pan is collecting the leaking coolant. The drain tube for the condensation, (and coolant) exits just to the left of the right front tire. That's why you're seeing the puddle on the ground.

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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 AT 10:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info. Will it hurt my truck to drive it until I get it repaired? Does that mean that I need a new heater core? Again thanks
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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 AT 7:36 AM
Tiny
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The heater core will need to be replaced. Normally the air conditioning system will need to be discharged so the heater box can be removed from the truck. There are some Dodge trucks that have heater boxes that can be partially split in the front and the heater core snuck out that way. Don't know if that applies to your truck.

The problem with driving this way is the irritation of an oily film settling on the windshield and the potential for engine overheating. Keep an eye on the coolant level in the radiator and reservoir. In cooler weather, you might get away with leaving the radiator cap loose to prevent it from building pressure. As a last resort, you can remove the two heater hoses from the heater core pipes at the firewall and connect them together with a plastic splice connector and two hose clamps. That will bypass the leaking heater core. The leak will be gone, but you won't get warm air from the heater.

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010 AT 2:12 PM

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