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2001 vx coolant leak on the drivers side of engine bay

Johnnz

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Have to fill reservoir every 2-3 days with water. Ac heat doesnt work and smells like coolant on hot days would I need to replace the heater tap/ thermostat etc. Not a mechanic any advice appreciated
 

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Heater tap is a pretty common place to leak. Buy the tap along with all new heater hoses that connect to it. Attach the hoses before installing or you will tear your hair out.
Fairly easy job.
 

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Yep, the old faulty heater tap issue, plastic and brittle,
Replace the tap and heater hoses if required,
BUT, be careful of the hoses to the heater core, don’t place any pressure, or twist then, otherwise it will end in tears.
 

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If your smelling coolant in the cab then your heater core must be leaking. Stanley knife will be your friend removing the hose from the core..
 

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Turns out it was just the heater tap being a ****, replaced and happy with the results
 

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If your smelling coolant in the cab then your heater core must be leaking. Stanley knife will be your friend removing the hose from the core..
Stanley Knife:
Thats of cause if your replacing them [the hoses],
But,
If your just re-sealing them,
Then there is a special tool to loosen them from the heater core pipes,
so you dont damage the heater core pipes, and the hoses, so you can re-use them and seal them.
 

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Turns out it was just the heater tap being a ****, replaced and happy with the results
Well done,
yes, they go all brittle after a while.
Good result. ;)
 
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