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2001 Dodge Stratus...Heat is not working

I turned on my heat for the first time this year this morning and the heat never got hot. The air was cool at best. I drove all the way to work and it never did get warm. Any suggestions?

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  • urple2 Oct 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. I'm leaning towards eiather the heater fader switch(more/less heat) or the vacuum module that controls the heater door/gate.

  • bschn140 Nov 04, 2008

    I think my problem is similar. I can turn on my car and let it warm up, but the heater doesn't work. Sometimes if I'm on a longger trip (30mi or so), the heater will work a little, but then if I turn it from vent to defrost, the heat will stop again. It seems very odd to me. I don't believe it is the thermostat, but I'm going to replace it just in case. It seems like it has to be something electrical to me.

  • SJRempel Nov 27, 2008

    I also have low or no heat in my 2000 dodge stratus. I have flushed the heater core but like the other posters, at times I can get low heat but if I go to defroster the heat disappears and will not recover. Coolant level is full and temperature is running normal.

  • doingstuff Dec 16, 2008

    i have a similar heater used to work great..the other day..i was low on water and my car almost overheated..then i pulled over...filled it up, but after heater stopped working, or very low at what..please email me

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    I lost heat, opened my coolant reservoir, had coolant then replaced it.
    I got heat the next time I turned it on, but not again.
    So now once every ten or so times I have heat.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. I am leaning toward the thermostat. The temp gage is pegged at cold for miles, when the gage moves, it shoots to 3/4 of the range. If it is really cold outside, my car will want to stall when this happens.

  • Kristine_LDR Mar 01, 2009

    I think I have the same problem. A couple days ago I noticed the heat turn to cold air for about 5 minutes and then back to hot air, so I thought nothing of it, but yesterday it really started acting up. Out of the blue, the heater started blowing cold air and I noticed the temperature gauge went up slightly. I pulled over, let it cool off a little and when i started the car the heat worked for about 10 minutes before it went cold. Fluid was a little low, so I put a little less than a quart in and the heat worked fine for about 30 miles. I haven't drove it yet today, so I don't know how it'll act today. My dad seems to think maybe the thermostat is sticking or starting to go out, but doesn't know. Also, I noticed the car had a sweet smell from it, almost like a maple syrup. Any thoughts?



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Check or have someone check the dash console where the knobs are i've had to replace mine once and maybe twice now

Posted on Dec 31, 2009


If your car has a wierd smell it could be your heater core has gone out, also sometimes when your car is low of antifreeze it will do that. They do make a product called heater blows hotter. I know the name is silly but it does work.

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Fill up the radior

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