I have replaced the thermostat, engine coolant and climate control module. I have also looked into the heater selection flap driven by an electric motor in the heater box and I am satisfied it is working. I have noted that the auxilary coolant pump for the heater core is not working and have hard wirred it to a switch. Even with it hard wired the van still does not blow hot air. I am satisfied that there is cooland passing through the heater core as both hoses are hot and feel as though there is movement. My questions are: Where is the switch that controls the auxilary coolant pump, from the schematic it is feed from a fuse witch is good, to the switch then the pump. I have also read that there is a chance that the problem could be a programing failure in the powertrain control module after a thermostat fails. That would suggest the module needs to be reprogramed. I dont get it, does that seem practical? My last question is what is wrong with this van...please help
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If the gas gauge does not work correctly and the temp gauge reads hot, you could have a problem with the instrument panel. Both gauges get power from the same circuit, but each gauge is grounded by its own sending unit. If the temp gauge is reading correctly, you could have air in the cooling system and it is not actually full of liquid coolant.
first thing, change the thermostat. this should fix the overheating problem. Your hot coolant goes from the engine to the radiator core, then back to the engine. If your thermostat is stuck shut, you will overheat. try this first, and let me know, If you still have problems, We will get it fixed. hope this helps
Yes,You need to bleed the air from the cooling system,use the bleed valves,one is near the thermostat,and the other is on a pipe sticking up toward the front of the engine,make sure there is enough coolant in the system,and start and run the engine when it gets warm,not hot,open the bleeder near the thermostat,and watch for coolant,and air to come out,leave it open about 10 to 25 seconds,then close it and wait about 3 minutes or so,and bleed the other bleeder.You may have to repeat the process more than twice,and keep the coolant reservoir full.If this was helpful,please rate,thank you
We have the same problem. It's an air pocket in the cooling system. The cause can be anywhere from not filling the system all the way or most likely a leak has developed and air has entered into the system as the coolnt level has dropped. The coolant light goes off and on as the air pocket moves around.
Our Montana has a leaky intake gasket, which is the source of the problem. A very common problem with the 3.4. It should go for another 100K plus though, once it is repaired.
There are a couple of possible problems Carole. First one is there may be a blockage inside the heater core causing poor flow of the coolant from the engine which gives you the heat. If this is the case the core will need to be flushed out or possibly replaced. Second problem may be the door that is supposed to move inside the heater box that changes the air flow from cold to hot may not be working properly. The controls may be defective or the door is seized. Because your heater in the back is working well the thermostat and the coolant level should be OK.
the cabel from the heat dial to the heater box behind the dash could be snaped or jamed thus not opperating the lever which operates the flap which open and closes the heat box next to the matrix. or if your coolant is brown in colour it could be your matrix is clogged with sedament and needs flushing out. or it could be your water pump not pumping coolant round your engine or it could be a knackerd thermostat i hope these will help you id start with the easyest first thermostat
With coolant full and engine hot,make sure both heater hoses are hot. If not replace thermostat. If they are, check the blend door for proper operation. Otherwise you may have a bad climate control module. Check both front & rear units.
How cold is it there and does your engine cool down any while going slow? If it does it may mean you need a hotter thermostat installed, My first thought would be to check the coolant level in the radiator and the coolant reservoir! Hope this helps and Merry Christmas