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Does steam coming out the air vents indicate a problem?

Hello, I started my '99 Citroen Berlingo 1.9 diesel this morning for the first time in a year. It was topped up with fresh diesel, water and checked oil and all ok, but when I turned on the heater steam started coming out of the air vents. Am I in trouble?

Thank you

Filed under fault - Asked by Ruairi Mc Carthy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:16

Shane O' Donoghue Answered by: Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser - @Shane_O_D


Hi Ruairi,

This isn't good news I'm afraid. Steam coming through the vents usually indicates a leak in the car's heater radiator somewhere. Getting at it is your biggest issue. Unless you know your way around these things we'd recommend bringing the car to a mechanic to sort out.

Hope that helps.


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