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Jeep Liberty Defroster does not work when Idle

I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty that has recently been having its share of problems. Yesterday I discovered that when idling (in traffic, at a stop light, just parked) the defrosters stops defrosting the windows. When i began to accelerate (need to get over 10mph) the defroster starts defrosting. I have done some of my own troubleshooting and here are some things i have noted:
1. When the defroster stops working you can smell what seems to be engine coolant.
2. The blower works fine at all speeds and you can feel air blowing out of the vents.
3. The air conditioner works fine (the compressor and clutch were changed within the last month)
4. When sitting in park i have made the vehicle idle as fast as 2500 RPM's and that does not make the defroster work.
5. Once i put the vehicle in drive and exceed 10 mph the windows will suddenly defrost.
Any ideas?

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It needs service,
i guess front glass defrost fails.
and 2 things must work , AC and the defrost damper
or #3 (overloads the function)
my heater core bad and leaking.(or its 2 hoses)

Posted on Mar 12, 2017

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If you smell coolant, there probably is a leak somewhere.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017

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can you hear the fan working on all speeds?

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the motor is bad, or there is a fuse blown. check all your fuses, if they are all good then replace the blower motor.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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your heater core is leaking its not fog on your windows its from the antifreeze having same problem so im replacing it myself but having problems getting the dash off its a head ache the heater core costs 91.99 at autozone i priced the job at a few shops and it runs between 7 and 900 dollars.good luck man

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SOURCE: Air stopped blowing through vents, only blows through defroster

Make sure all your vacuum hoses are connected on the engine side. There is a vacuum ball mounted close to or on the fender wall. Make sure that the hose is connected to the vacuum ball. Question: Has the engine started to run rough lately? And do you hear a hissing sound or whistle from the dash area?

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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there is a flap to redirect the air flow under the dash, it may be an item like a pen :) that has dropped down the vent opening stopping it from moving to redirect the air ... failing that, one of the motors/cables that operate the flap has failed

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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