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1999 astrovan heat system

I only get cool air when i turn the temp swicth to hot.

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Check your engine coolant, sounds like it is low.

With the vehicle off and engine cold, take the radiator cap off. If the water level isnt at the top of the radiator neck and/or the adjacent plastic bottle doesn't have any coolant in it...

With the radiator cap off, start the engine and let it warm up. Completely fill the radiator to the top of the radiator neck and fill the plastic bottle to the "fill line" inscribed on the bottle...both with a 50% water, 50% coolant solution.

install the radiator cap and after a minute or so check your heat in the passenger cabin...hope it works well now.

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