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2005 Dodge stratus 4 cylinder

I'm having a problem with my cars heater...I have the controls all on heat, when I turn it on it works for about a minute or so, then cold air starts blowing in!!
I was told more than likely it was the thermostat, if "you" think so to, if at all possible could include info on how and where in the car we need to go to replace it!
Thanks a whole bunch!!!

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It could be your thermostat, and the best place to start.
Other possibilties are that the heater core is plugged / blocked. or your heater controls are not working properly.

To change the thermostat, first, get the new replacement parts from your local parts store, drain some of your engine coolant, remove the thermostat (follow the top radiator hose to where it connects to the engine), remove that housing, and the thermostat is there. Clean off the old sealer on the housing, install then new thermostat, put the proper sealer down, then the gasket, then some additional sealer (use it sparingly, just enough to form a seal) put the housing back on, do not over tighten (they are usually small bolts, and will break off if over tightened) Add coolant to the motor (don't reuse the original stuff) run the motor and watch for leaks. Wait for it to come up to tempature and check operation, add more coolant is necessary. Dospose of the old coolant in the proper way.
Once that is all complete, then see what it does for heat.
If it still doesn't heat the car like it is supposed to, you can start trouble shooting the next possible causes.

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