Originally Posted by bnuge942
I also have what i think to be a faint coolant smell, that or a burning tranny clutch (because that has been slipping for 40,000 miles) but the film on the windsheild is no more noticable than the usual grim that builds up over a few months on my bonne. Would you notice the smell even if the heater isnt on. I even notice the smell on hot days and I leave the climate control at 70 degrees. The smell seems to be the strongest when im sitting still.
Have you recently gotten rid of Dexcool? When Mike2fix flushed dexcool out of the '98 the heater core went out soon after. I just flushed dexcool out of mine a couple hundred miles ago, and the heater core died. If the trend continues, the '02 will be next to go.
You'll notice the smell without the heater on depending on how much has leaked, but the heater makes it much more noticeable.
As an updated I purchased a new delphi heater core from rock auto for $97 with the discout which should be here in a couple days. The one from Schucks was out of stock =(. In the mean time I have bypassed the heater core and have the disgusting coolant smell burning my nostrils.