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I recently purchased a 2013 Cruze 2Lt and noticed the coolant was a little low but didn’t move at all on my hour and a half drive home. I topped the coolant off and it still doesn’t seem like it has moved much if at all but I still get the smell inside but it only seems to happen at stops. What could cause a issue like this? I also have a valve cover leak which I believe is caused by the faulty Pcv system and my car has just over 95,000 miles.
 

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It could be puffs of coolant coming from the overflow tank wofting into the cabin, Is the water pump leaking. When you say the coolant didn't move, are you speaking about the gauge, that usually stays put unless you have a problem
 

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No I’m talking about the level In the recovery tank. I was thinking it might be the tank since the cap spins off easily and there doesn’t seem to be much holding it on. Would the water pump leaking cause me to smell it inside the car? I was thinking of replacing the coolant tank first with one of the dorman 603-383 and see if that solves my issue. Is there anything I would need to know about installing this?
 

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No I’m talking about the level In the recovery tank. I was thinking it might be the tank since the cap spins off easily and there doesn’t seem to be much holding it on. Would the water pump leaking cause me to smell it inside the car? I was thinking of replacing the coolant tank first with one of the dorman 603-383 and see if that solves my issue. Is there anything I would need to know about installing this?
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When you say topped off, what are you using for the MAX level? Read this answer to someone else's question and then this one further down.


Here are a few of the better links to coolant issues. It might be in one of them if the one above doesn't cut it..

Cruze Cabin Odors, Sources, and Resolution Summary

FIX: Coolant Odors/Coolant Loss From Reservoir

Here is a bunch of others that have decent info as well:

#PI0762: Coolant Leak at Water Pump - (Jul 11, 2012)
LOW ENGINE COOLANT LEVEL WITHOUT AN EXTERNAL LEAK - N140417.

In the following thread, skip to post #7, then to read from #21 on.
Water Outlet Replacement
Link to post #7 - Powertrain Coverage
Link to post #21 - does anyone know what the torque specs are for water outlet bolts

#PI0721: Coolant Leak at Thermostat Housing to Cylinder Head - (Apr 17, 2012)
#PI0762D: Coolant Leak at Water Pump - (Aug 1, 2013)

I only did a cursory look at the following thread, but there at least some good tidbits here.
LOW ENGINE COOLANT LEVEL WITHOUT AN EXTERNAL LEAK - N140417

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I changed the recovery tank that had a leak at the bottom and I still have a Oder in the car. I do have a leaking valve cover and there’s a little smoke from the oil burning on the exhaust manifold. I have a new valve cover and gasket I bought on eBay coming and the v3 pcv fix kit I’m going to install from cruze kits. I believe the smell might be the oil burning I’m smelling but I’m not positive. Is it possible for the outside vent to suck in the oil burning into the car?
 

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I changed the recovery tank that had a leak at the bottom and I still have a Oder in the car. I do have a leaking valve cover and there’s a little smoke from the oil burning on the exhaust manifold. I have a new valve cover and gasket I bought on eBay coming and the v3 pcv fix kit I’m going to install from cruze kits. I believe the smell might be the oil burning I’m smelling but I’m not positive. Is it possible for the outside vent to suck in the oil burning into the car?
Yes.


Antifreeze Smell Thread
2013 Cruze oil smell from heater
Heat Is Causing A Bad Oil Smell?
 
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