Low heat from my 2001 Passat heater
There are known problems with this vehicle's heater core not getting enough coolant flowing through it to blow hot air.
1) Even if the coolant looks good, there are problems with the heater
core plugging up. One solution is to use a heavy duty cleaner (CLR pipe
cleaner) to back flush the heater core. To know if the heater core is
plugged up, disconnect the 2 heater hoses at the heater core and
somehow connect a hose to one end of the core. Try to flow water
through, it doesn't have to be high pressure, and there should be a
steady stream. If not, try to get the cleaner directly into the heater
core and let it soak. Then back flush it and a lot of scale should be
seen coming out.
2) The other problem is that since the heater core is the highest point
in the cooling system air tends to get trapped in it. This should only
happen if the coolant goes low or someone has opened the system to
service it. There are a number of ways to bleed the system (vacuum
bleed, pressure bleed). One of the hoses should have a small hole in it
for bleeding air, pull that hose back just enough so the hole allows
coolant to flow out of it. Then accelerate the engine and get a good
flow coming out, when no more air bubbles are present, there should be
3)I've heard of bad water pumps with low flow causing issues as well as
an aux. water pump not fuctioning correctly leading to poor heat output
from the heater core. Someone should confirm this as I cannot get much
information on the aux water pump(electronic pump by the alternator
that is supposed to run after the car is shut off).
Hope this helps.
on Nov 16, 2017