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Heater problems The heater barely pushes out any warm air. The a/c works just fine. The line running into the firewall doesn't get warm, but is warm further up the line in the engine compartment....any ideas?

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  • baptisedbyfi Dec 09, 2008

    I will try that and see. A mechanic buddy of mine said he thought the line was clogged going into the firewall.

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Check the heater core!

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Sounds like you have to much antifrezze in the mix drain about a quart and replace with water

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