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I prefer to run the floor heater in the winter because I don't like hot air on my face,, my car is a 2012 and this will be it's 3rd winter, yet every time I still run the floor heater I get burring plastic fumes, enough to give me a headache and I don't even run it on full heat.. I've even tried leaving the heater run on full for 10 minutes to try to get it out, twice, still there,,

this is starting to feel like that Seinfeld episode.

is this normal?
 

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I prefer to run the floor heater in the winter because I don't like hot air on my face,, my car is a 2012 and this will be it's 3rd winter, yet every time I still run the floor heater I get burring plastic fumes, enough to give me a headache and I don't even run it on full heat.. I've even tried leaving the heater run on full for 10 minutes to try to get it out, twice, still there,,

this is starting to feel like that Seinfeld episode.

is this normal?
Check in and behind your glove box. If you stick your arm in the back of the glove box you should be able see if anything fell back there from an overstuffed glove box. My owners manual was back there for a month before I realized....
 

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85 views and no one else has had this issue?

I will check behind the glove box but he smell is coming from both vents, drier & passenger.
 

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Thats true. Ive read about that on the other forum.
okay, that sounds like a relativity un-invasive fix. funny how I only really notice it on the floor heater, not with the upper vents.

now with a leaking core heater, would any of my fluids be low? what is leaking into the vents? burnt coolant? Exhaust?

sorry I don't know how these things work..
 

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What's Wrong With My Car?!: 5 Signs it's your Heater Core

Informative article. The "Sign 2" sounds like what you're describing.

Probably the smell of evaporating steam off of your busted heater core or heater core vents.

If your car fogs up really fast, they say thats another tell tale sign.
 

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okay, that sounds like a relativity un-invasive fix. funny how I only really notice it on the floor heater, not with the upper vents.

now with a leaking core heater, would any of my fluids be low? what is leaking into the vents? burnt coolant? Exhaust?

sorry I don't know how these things work..
Well, depending on the size of the "leak" in the core you may or may not notice your coolant level dropping... The heater core is just like a radiator in design and construction and can actually "evaporate" the leaking coolant leaving no sign of the leak externally (via the drain hose for the AC/Heater box).

It is odd that you don't get the smell when on the vent position or defrost but stranger things have happened in my time as an automotive tech....

If it is under warranty GET IT IN THERE NOW! This is not a "casual" repair. The entire dash has to come out! :eek:
 

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I think I figured it out..

I had bought these plastic winter floor mats, when the floor heater was on it directed heat towards the floor, warming the mats which was putting off some bad fumes,

took them out & seems to be fine now..


doesn't it figure, floor mats too toxic to put in a car. Chinese product for ya I guess.

seriously I was getting a headache everyday from this crap, shows how toxic these everyday products are.

maybe I'll get a pair of those weather techs, but they would probably do the same thing.
 

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I think I figured it out..

I had bought these plastic winter floor mats, when the floor heater was on it directed heat towards the floor, warming the mats which was putting off some bad fumes,

took them out & seems to be fine now..


doesn't it figure, floor mats too toxic to put in a car. Chinese product for ya I guess.

seriously I was getting a headache everyday from this crap, shows how toxic these everyday products are.

maybe I'll get a pair of those weather techs, but they would probably do the same thing.
WOW. Thats really messed up. I have Weathertech mats front and back. I haven't had any problems. I love them, but they are too expensive for what they are. They stain if you leave snow/salt on them too long, just as a heads up.
 

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My wife bought a cheap pair of Chinese floor mats that stank for weeks and weeks before she got rid of them and got better ones. We thought the smell would go away. Nope! NASTY, ACRID chemical/polymer type smell that burned the back of your throat/nose.

I wonder what kind of toxic waste they made them out of?
 
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