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2002 caravan, heater problems

My 2002 dodge caravan will not heat up while just sitting. Temp guage goes up to normal but cold air blows out until i start to drive away and then it heats up. But when i stop cold air blows out untill i start moving again

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  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    I have no heat when sittin and idling

  • jimmerbug Nov 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have changed radiator and thermostat now :( Mechanic now saying water pump?? ugh

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    same problem as well.

  • Steve Elliott
    Steve Elliott Dec 20, 2013

    This Cruiser blows cold air even when you are moving.

  • Steve Elliott
    Steve Elliott Dec 20, 2013

    I have changed the radiator cap and thermostat.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    i have a 2002 dodge dakota and when i cold start it it sounds fine then when idle goes to norm it ticks for about 3to 4 min then goes away any suggestions ?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    97 caravan 3.0 when i step on the gas it feels like somethings turning but also it slips a little but once your moving it does not do it again until you stop.what i wrong?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I have a 1995 Dodge Dakota that I've recently purchased mu problem is that my heat blows cold until I press the accelerator pedle and the temp gauge goes all the the too H then it slowly falls midway to C how can I solve this problem

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I have a 1995 Dodge Dakota that I've recently purchased mu problem is that my heat blows cold until I press the accelerator pedle and the temp gauge goes all the the too H then it slowly falls midway to C how can I solve this problem

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That was a common complaint a few years back, due to the fact that the heater core is a little too much higher than the engine, which requires that extra push it gets when engine RPM's increase. One thing I did do on my Caravan was remove my hoses to the heater core, and use a small external pump with hoses to circulate C.L.R. through my core for a while, then let it sit with CLR in the core overnight.Next day I circulated it through again, both ways by reversing hoses, and then re-attached hoses, bled air out of system, and notice quite an improvement in heat at idle. Once cleaned out, the heater core allowed coolant flow through it better at idle. If your stumped by explanation, take it to an automotive shop, or a Rad shop, and get a quote on flushing that core out for you. I recommend the CLR, but it might be too time consuming for you , but a flush will probably show some noticeable improvement.

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