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Heater takes forever to start blowing hot air

Heater on 91 subaru legacy takes forever to start blowing hot air but when it does start working, it works fine..I checked all the fuses and they are fine..I bought a small ceramic heater for defrosting but now the cigarette lighter is pooched too. any suggestions?

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You probably have a bad thermostat - the one that controls water flow to the radiator. It's supposed to stay closed until the engine reaches proper operating temperature. But when they fail, it's usually in the open position so the water circulate to the radiator all the time. The engine takes longer to warm up, and you shiver in the meantime. It does eventually get hot - it just takes a lot longer. I bet if you replace that thermostat you'll be toasty in no time. As for the cigarette lighter, your portable heater may have blown the fuse.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

  • Lee2fixit Dec 28, 2008

    This isn't just an issue of comfort. The engine needs to run at the right temperature for best efficiency and performance. Replacing the thermostat will make it run better, in addition to making you more comfortable.

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