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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Just picked up a 97 gts. The heat doesnt work just blows cold. The only heat I can get is out of the defrost. Any ideas? Also when I pulled it out of the garage there are two little coolant puddles in front of the front tires. Any ideas about that also. The car has a roe on it if that matters. Thanks.

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Old October 18th, 2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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That's how they work. You will only get heat out of the defrost and floor vents. The dash vents and crotch vents blow cold air only.

On the coolant leak, is it water or actual coolant? If it's just water, have you washed the car recently? They're known to hold water and drip for days afterwards.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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It is coolant. Good to know on the heat.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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Pressure test the system, may also be a hole in the overflow bottle behind the fascia.
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Im going to put it on the lift tomorrow and take a look. I didnt know if this was a common problem.
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No heat cause there's no coolant in the heater core? Open the upper heater hose clamp and see if it leaks water or has air.

Coolant puddles would indicate that there is a leak in the overflow bottle that is positioned inside the front fascia. Look in front of the right (passenger side) tire at the slot for indicating the amount of coolant in the bottle. If you remove the rubber plug (fog light acess) you can reach in and feel the overflow bottle. Use a scope or mirror to see the bottle through the fog lamp acess hole.

It is common for one of the long screws holding the bottom of the front fascuia to squish upwards and punch a hole in the bottom of the overflow tank going over curbs, etc. On The VIPER Garage - Index I have recommended that the long screw UNDER the overflow bottle be ground shorter to prevent punching holes in the plastic bottle.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 01:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. Il let you know what I find. The driver side leaks more then the passenger so well see.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 05:25 AM   #9
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Thats what im thinking it is.
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