• 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 1.4LT 6A
• 2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L/SFI 4A
• 2004 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L/MFI 4A
• 1971 Dodge Charger 318 3A
• 1970½ Plymouth AAR 'Cuda 340/6BBL 4M
• 1968 Dodge Charger 383 3A
• 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula-S 383 4M
• 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula-S 273 4M
Just got a call from the service rep at the dealership and she said her shop foreman drove my car home last night and could smell it. Plus he drove it back to the dealership this morning and it was even worse. They are going to do a dye test on it today to attempt to isolate the leak.
I had the same problem with my 2011 CHevy Cruze LT . First it been in the shop 4 time , Defrost motor not working , Front wheel bearing & caliper was put on wrong some how? & the Antifreeze smell . Since they counld not fix the smell problem I sold it to another dealer & got a 2012 Chevy Malibu LT .problem solved
I made 300 km on the highway today and I had coolant smell all the time inside the cabin. Somehow, I could feel it a lot more on the driver's side than the passenger's side. I am not sure how that could be, may my passenger was congested. I always have my fan set on windshield+legs setting.
With the heat on and the fan to min, I could smell coolant all the time. I turned off the fan but left the heat on and I could smell it even more. Why would that be?
Once arrived at destination, I tried to find the source. I assume the heater core is behind the central console because that metal component was extremly hot, I burned my fingers on it (see picture below). But I could'nt smell coolant there and everything felt dry. It is hard to put your nose in there anyway.
The smell seems to come from the windshield vents, especially the small one on the left side or the dashboard.
Last edited by gt_cristian; 04-13-2012 at 07:11 PM.
Well guys and gals I just got off the phone with my service adviser. She said the dealership and GM acknowledge there is this coolant issue with the cruze and they are working to identify and find a resolution for it. She told me that they dye tested it and used a UV light to check for leaks and cannot find any. She did say they found the coolant reservoir tank was loose and they replaced it with a new one as that is the only thing they found that could be the issue. They checked everything including the turbo and found no issues. They also flashed the tcm to fix the hard tranny shifting. Hope this is the fix but I have a feeling I will be taking it back to them in a few days after driving it. I will post an update after driving it for a couple days.
Good luck SuCraM. Maybe that will fix it for you. Did they tell you anything else about this coolant issue besides acknowledging it?
From my case with GM over these issues (antifreeze smell inside the car when fan speed is low to medium and heat is on, and haze on windshield) I have had my car at the dealership 3 times. First they said there was no issue. Second time, after getting GM Canada Customer Service involved they steam cleaned my carpet and dye/pressure tested the cooling system and found nothing. Third time they replaced my carpet and underlay. I still have the same issue.
It was explained to me that there were multiple suppliers for heater cores to GM for the Cruze. It was found that one of the manufactures was producing a faulty part and those Cruzes effected had their heater cores replaced at the factory, before the car left for shipping. In some cases, antifreeze/coolant was spilt in the car and got into the carpet and underlay. This is why the second time my car went back to the dealership they steam cleaned my carpet as they found antifreeze under it on the floor and later replaced the carpet.
GM is very aware of the coolant issues with the Cruze and it has been explained to me that GM Engineers are currently working on a fix and even working on specific cars with the noted issues.
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