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Changed heater core...now anit freeze mess on carpet by fierofrenzy
Started on: 01-13-2022 12:29 PM
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Report this Post01-13-2022 12:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierofrenzyClick Here to Email fierofrenzySend a Private Message to fierofrenzyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Hi.... I just purchased a beautiful 87 Gold GT. What a deal on a beautiful car. Even the tail lights are perfect ! One problem it did have was a leak in the heater cord. While replacing it, quite easy in itself... one of the hose tubes broke off the core, and anit freeze spilled all over the passenger side carpet. I did have a small pan there, but missed alot of it. So now that the job is complete and works great, the carpet is very wet and Im having difficulty drying it out. Blow dryer didnt do much, either did a vacuum. This stuff is alot more stuborn than straight water. Any suggestions?
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Report this Post01-13-2022 06:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Mike in SydneySend a Private Message to Mike in SydneyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I suggest that you remove the passenger seat, the console, front, middle, and rear sections, trim around the passenger door and loosen the the B-pillar trim on the passenger side get the carpet out. It's a molded carpet so it will come out like a flexible bathtub.

When you get it out, use a wet / dry shop vacuum (or the vacuum at the carwash) to suck as much antifreeze & water as you can from the felt padding. This is most likely where the water is. Then, you can put fans in the car with the windows down and doors open to dry the pad. From personal experience, this will take around 24-hours. (TIP: disconnect the battery. Ask me how I know, lol.)

While the carpet pad is drying clean the carpet with a good carpet cleaner and brush. Forget the foam in a can, it's worthless. Use the kind you buy when you rent a carpet cleaner for you home carpets. After scrubbing, rinse well. I used a garden hose on mine. I hung the carpets from the clothes-line and started at the top and rinsed down flushing the soap out. I then let the carpet dry in the sun while the pad was drying.

The only thing wrong with this method was that the carpet looked so good on the passenger sie that I had to do the same on the drivers side. Same process more fiddly because of the pedals and the e-brake handle.

BTW: Watch for the clips that hold the carper to the skeleton under the console and the round carpet plugs that hold the carpet in place. Best to remove them before yanking the cartpet out.
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Just a bad time of year as cold in US now I had issue recently wet carpet but lucky it was 100 degrees here that day and was gone same day.
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Report this Post01-16-2022 11:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for theogreClick Here to visit theogre's HomePageSend a Private Message to theogreEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
This time of year likely won't clean the mess because is a large project as said above...

⚠️ Warning: Coolant is Poison. Don't let animals to lick the carpet.

Carpet can dry to touch and still be poison.

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Report this Post01-17-2022 01:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for QuadfatherClick Here to Email QuadfatherSend a Private Message to QuadfatherEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The carpets in my '87 were filthy when I first got the car home so I took them to a car wash. I spent probably 30 minutes on each carpet, switching back and forth between soap and straight water until the water that flowed off them was clean.

Because these carpets have the thick rubber backing they're much more durable than regular automotive carpet.
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