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1990 Honda Accord

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01-02-03, 09:46 AM   #1  
1990 Honda Accord

Recently this car has taken a long time to blow heat.
Like you may drive for 1/2 hour and the temp. gauge is between hot and cold but the air coming from the fan is only warm at most.
Also, within the past few days I have noticed a smell of antifreeze in the car, What should I check first to see whats going on?

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01-02-03, 10:44 AM   #2  
Smells of antifreeze in the car usually mean a bad heater core. Do the windows fog up when you put on the defroster?

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01-02-03, 10:45 AM   #3  
First check if you have enough antifreeze. If not, then check for leaks. If you smell sweet in the car then your heater core is leaking, and you should have a puddle of antifreeze in the car. If your collant level is ok (both in the radiator and overflow), then your thermostat is probably stuck open. I have a 90 Accord also, and it takes less then 5 minutes to almost die of heat in the car.

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01-09-03, 10:49 AM   #4  
no heat accord

I had a similar problem less the smell of coolant.
My valve that allows the coolant to circulate through the heater core was not being opened by the temp. selector on the heater.
I think the linkage was unhooked from the temp. selector.
I manually opened the valve which was located in the engine
compartment against the firewall. The heat works fine. I will open the dash and reconnect the linkage in time.

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