Question about 1996 Dodge Dakota
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.
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
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
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.
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
The heater core is probably out. Its like $38 at Oreilly
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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