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1996 Dodge Dakota heater doesn't get very hot only gets warm

My 1996 Dodge dakota heater does get very hot. I replaced the thermostat and it gets warmer than before. If blower is turned on high its kinda cool, but the lower I turn the blower the warmer the air but still not very hot. I also drained the radiator completly when i changed the thermostat and replaced with new.

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  • J R Braun Dec 21, 2008

    The heat is not getting hot I have even tried blocking off half the radiator

    any body have a solution

  • jj68 Dec 31, 2008

    My problem is the same but I read that the heater coil could keep the heater from working but this was not true because I changed mine but still I have no heat

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    99 dodge dokota heater dose not get hot

  • epochman Jan 10, 2009

    Same problem here, however there is plenty of hot coolant going through the heater, just feel both the inflowing and outgoing hoses ahead of the firewall. I think the problem is under the dash involving the air controll door.? Let me know if you figure it out. S.

  • canadageorge Jan 16, 2009

    I have same problem with my 96 Dakota with poor cab heat Have done the thermostat,flush antifreeze change things too and still same,, have to keep the fan lower to have any heat. I live in south-east Ontario Canada email is george.galbraith@sympatico.ca

  • 96DodgeDakot Jan 21, 2009

    My 1996 Extended cab one has the same problem , when I put it on High it does not get hot but medium and fan are alright sometimes it is just hot. The other day it smelled like something was burning and all my fluids where good. When I opened my window for the smell u could see smoke coming from vents I have no idea. But now the smell is no longer I do not understand?

  • jj68 Jan 21, 2009

    I agree with monkeypoo111, and to think that the heater core is probably bad becaue I recently had to change my radiator becaue it was rotted and wass leaking. I have an idea that if the radiator was bad the heater core is to. Even with the new radiator and antifreeze the heater is colder than ever. I got tired of freezing so I went out and bought one of those in car heaters, but just a couple of days ago found out that a heater core is only $35.99 from Oreily Auto Parts and I wasted 30 on that in car heater, which doesn't get the job done, and I am ready to find the solution. Well maybe one of these days.

  • tmaglienti Feb 02, 2009

    Had the same problem with my 96 dakota. Also blower never worked on the highest speed. Toward the end began getting smell of something burning. Found blower was clogged with leaves which had apparently made their way thru the intake vents into the blower area and had collected around the resistors that are used to operate blower. (one for each speed). After cleaning out leaves and replacing one resistor (and later entire blower) still had very little heat in cab. Radiator is new so replaced the thermostat as temp guage was barely moving off "cold". Heat is now much improved. If temp guage moves into normal range I would check the heater core - probably is partially blocked.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    Exact same thing. It really sucks since I live in North Dakota. I bought a new thermostat for a start and haven't installed it yet. I guess I'll try out the heater core if that doesn't help.

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It could be the heater controls itself i had a 95 ford f150 that did the same thing i replaced everything i could as i live in upstate ny and in the winter it gets pretty cold so replaced all i could ,heater coil,radiator,thermostat,coolant and nothing a local mechanic told me to check the control in the dash to see if it was going all the way to the hot position. i took the dash apart to get to it and checked it and the cable that mmoves the valve on the heater coil was stretched so it wasnt going all the way to hot. not that its the same thing but its a place to start

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Today is February 1st and I found out what fixed mine. Everyone said it was the heater core or the thermostat or some other **** but I took the heater hoses off of the heater core and plugged them off, then I had about five feet of some heater hose in my garage so I cut one foot off and put the nozzle of my garden hose in it then put the other four feet of the heater hose on the other heater core neck and turned the hose on and bunches of black gunk and green and brown settlements came out. then I reversed how I had the hoses on the heater core and sprayed it this way. I did this four or five times alternating how the flow of the water was going and I got alot of gunk out of the heater core. Then I put the heater hoses back on and let the truck warm up and now it gets so hot it will run you out of there no matter what speed the fan is on. I hope this saves someone a couple of bucks and I hope you try this before doing anything major. Oh and by the way don't add anything to the heater core to clean it out because I used just clear water right out of the hose.

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The heater core is probably out. Its like $38 at Oreilly

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Had the same results as jj68. Flushed the core under some pressure and found it was dirty as hell. I had changed out the thermostat and radiator and was going to pull the dash when I gave this a try. Works great now.

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