Coolant leak

Asked by Aug 17, 2016 at 03:24 PM about the 2001 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car is leaking antifreeze under the
passenger side door checked all hoses only
leaks when it gets up to normal temperature  
i feel like its leaking from somewhere up
front and running down the underneath of
the body but not sure

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Sounds like the heater core is leaking and it is flowing out of the A/C drain hose, as that is what it is suppose to do when it leaks. AS something you can is to pinch off both the supply hoses to the heater core to see if the leak stops, if it does then you have confirmed the heater core is leaking. Then the headaches begin as the dash has to come out to get to the heater box, the A/C discharged and then the heater box has to be removed and separated to get to the heater core, the core replaced and reassembled and the A/C recharged. No wonder I've lost my mind.

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