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Heater doesn't get very hot only gets warm

Replaced thermostat heater gets hotter than before but is still only warm. If I turn the blower on high it's cool. If I turn it down one notch it's warmer, each notch down it's gets warmer but not hot?

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  • J R Braun Jan 01, 2009

    I have the same problem it seems to be common among 1996 dakotas.

    Also it seems the ECU for the motor is another common problem

    Let me know if you find a solution to the heat problem.

  • J R Braun Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same problem I know the thermostat is OK and the heater core

    is good also And you can feel the hot fluid going through both hoses to the heater core. Any body give you a soloution

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I had the same problem with my 96. What I found was that someone had placed stop leak in the system, so I had to take a garden hose with a pressure tip on it, disconnect both upper and lower heater core hoses and flush the core several times with the hose, my heater now works great.

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