Mystery coolant or water leak below passenger fender?
A few weeks back I did the headgaskets on my t-bird. It runs perfectly and the temp stays in the correct range, no problems there.
However, I have a feeling that the heatercore might be bad or something related to it, which might have contributed to the original headgaskets failing on this bird earlier this year (blew in January, fixed in March).
On Saturday, I turned the defroster on and it immediately reeked of coolant within a few minutes of driving. I noticed after parking it at home after work, there was a fairly big spot of what appeared to be a water/coolant mix on the ground below. It leaves a tiny, quarter-size spot now but I haven't used the heater. I did notice a faint coolant smell once before using the heater a few days earlier as well.
It's not leaking coolant visibly in the engine bay and the coolant reservior is around the full hot mark but it noticeably dipped once the heater was used. The thing that doesn't make sense is shouldn't it leak onto the passenger side floor? I had two fords with bad heater cores in the past, both leaked onto the passenger side floor but mine is dry?
Also, if the heater core is bad, is there an easy way to bypass it? I don't really need heat now and I'm sure it's nothing short of a PITA to replace on this car similar to the old panther-platform grand marquis I paid someone to do years ago. I have another vehicle as well, a 2006 Jeep Wrangler (summer/spring/winter toy) so heat in the winter won't be a problem if worse comes to worse or until I get time/money to replace the core.
Thanks for your help and your time.