2003 Pontiac Vibe

Tiny
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  • 2003 PONTIAC VIBE
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 95,890 MILES
Had issue with some water leaking into car through summer thought it was rain, now winter is here and it takes long time for heater to warm up, plus in temps below freezing having some frost on inside windows. It does eventually get there but have to let warm up for 15 minutes and even then it doesn't truly get warm until I start driving. It does throw out some cool air when I am stopped or idling. Don't want to be ignorant of what it could be when I take it to a repair shop. Also my check engine light is on
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Friday, January 8th, 2010 AT 10:32 AM

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Tiny
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I would first check the radiator and make sure it is full. Then come spring or when it is warmer I would check for the leak that is allowing water in unless it is your heater core leaking inside the car. If the heater core isn't leaking then I would go to the car wash and turn the blower (heater) motor on full and then soap the window and watch for bubbles this will indicate where the leak is. As for the engine light call around to your local parts stores and see if one will do a free scan. Take your car there and have them scan it and write down the codes and then have them clear the codes. Get back to me with the codes and then I can tell you why the engine light is on. Let me know what you find with the codes and the radiator.
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Friday, January 8th, 2010 AT 10:59 AM
Tiny
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Will I need it looked at to know if it is the heater core or do any of the symptoms I mentioned indicate it could be that?
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Friday, January 8th, 2010 AT 11:23 AM
Tiny
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With water on the floor it could be a heater core leak. Is the floor wet on passenger or driver or? When you touch the water does it feel kind of oily?
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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 9:00 AM

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