AntiFreeze Smell on 2001 SES
I've been reading past forum posts and have seen a few with similar problems as mine but none with the exact. Just looking on ideas on what could be the issue.
Bought the car Feb 2010 and it has had a slight antifreeze smell after driving since then, however the antifreeze level does stay pretty steady with maybe needing a tiny bit added every 2-3 months. My husband had been driving this car up until recently, 35-40 min drive to work everyday. We had to do major work to it at the beginning of this year (Check Eng light was on, major vacuum leak, rough idle, rear brake hardware missing, ball joint, new suspension parts, tires, alignment) I am now driving it, about a mile to work everyday and maybe the most I go inbetween 25-30 miles on the weekends just running errands.
Occasionally there is also a little bit of smoke, passenger side where the antifreeze smell is also coming from. Hubby has flushed the heater core twice due to little/no heat in the winter. Car takes forever to defrost the windows in the winter, which is why I am now driving it. (lol) The antifreeze smell does not happen all the time either. There is no smell in the cabin, and the passenger floor has never been wet. The car has never overheated.
Could this all just be a heater core issue? Could we have a slow leak in a hose somewhere back there too? I don't think this could be a water pump issue, could it? If it was the water pump, wouldn't the car have overheated during one of those 35-40 min drives when hubby got stuck in traffic?? (I had a water pump go on my old Cavalier and it started to overheat and I got out and there was a huge puddle of antifreeze on the parking lot)