[V6-12v] The smell of curry soup (blown heater core)

Clive Young cyoung1661 at rogers.com
Fri Apr 28 20:37:31 EDT 2006


Incidentally I am replacing the two hoses to the heater core .. WHAT A
FREAKIN NIGHTMARE.. I have the 2 clamps off from underneath which took about
2 hours and the hoses just won't budge, can't get any leverage either, did
you get yours off from the top or underneath ? I don't think it will fix my
problem but there is no going back now !! 

-----Original Message-----
From: v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of Tom Christiansen
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:58 PM
To: v6-12v at audifans.com
Subject: [V6-12v] The smell of curry soup (blown heater core)


My 1994 90S has started to consume coolant and I have noticed the
smell of curry soup in the car lately. Now, I don't really mind curry
soup, but the smell of it -- especially when it comes from the vents
is indicative of a blown heater core. Damn!!

I understand that changing the heater core involves tearing the entire
dash apart. Thus, I'd prefer to have a 3-day weekend available for
this. Conveniently Memorial day is only a month away. But I'm not sure
the core will last that long...

Are the stop leak products safe to use on Audi engines with the red coolant?

Is there a "back road" to the heater core that allows it to be changed
without having to tear the dash apart?

If I were to "bridge" the two hoses by the firewall, would the use of
copper or brass pipe corrode the aluminum block through galvanic

Now that I'm "in there anyway" what else would you suggest I change or
inspect? A/C evaporator? (The A/C still works)


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