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Heater is weak

It takes a very long time for the heater to heat up the car

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  • bobbreedlove Jan 13, 2009

    Does not put heat out where it is supposed to. It may be cold air at the floor and hot at the defrost.

  • Evan Harbison
    Evan Harbison May 11, 2010

    Is the problem that the heater does not blow hard enough or that the air is not hot?



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A couple likely causes:
1: the engines thermostat is stuck open preventing the engine from warming up quickly. If the engine temps read normal (warm) but the heater is still cool, then....
2. the Heater control valve (a valve that prevent hot water flow when you dont want it), may be clogged or malfunctioning. this is typically located on the heater hoses between engine and firewall.

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