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Re: no heat/check engine light is on
Nothing mentioned above other than the thermostat has anything to do with getting heat in the vehicle. The Cirrus has no restriction or control valve on the hoses going to the heater core. Sounds to me like your coolant system is low on fluid and as a result there is a air lock in the heater core. Solution is to make sure you have circulation, Make sure coolant system is full, with vehicle running remove the return interior heater hose (usually larger hose) to let any air out then quickly put back on.
I had the same problem....my 96 had a bad carbon build up in the metal tube to the right of the intake manifold...what i did was took it off and soaked the tube in gas for 1/2 hour the blew it out with compressed air....while your at it you should clean that port on the intake where that metal tube was.....once all carbon chipped away, it is very important that you vacume the inside of the manifold....how you do that is take the air intake off and stick your shop vac on that port where the tube was, then open your carb by hand and that should clean it right out!
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To many things that can cause the check engine light to come on. It could be as simple as a bad gas cap to a miss fire in your ignition system.
If there is an Auto Zone around your area, they scan for the DTC codes free of charge and when the issue has been addressed. The check engine light will reset if self after 3 consecutive start cycle if there is no oter issues.
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There are hundreds of things that turn on the check engine light, some are simple, like the gas cap loose, others are more complicated. A good thing to try is to stop by a local auto parts store, such as Auto zone, and most will scan your code for free and tell you what possibly caused the light. This way you can know for sure !
If there is an Auto Zone around your area, have your Ignition control module (ICM) tested. It's common for the ICM to fail when they heat up causing the engine to stop running. The ICM is located under the rotor in the distributor, check the wire's and look for any corrosion or damaged wires to the ICM. The ICM is $40.00 and Auto Zone will have the step by step instruction for you to get the job done with common tools. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to help.
There are to many things that can case your car the lose of power. Best thing to do is get the ECM scanned at Auto Zone for free, If there is no Auto Zone there most larger auto parts store can also scan the ECM and most garage now will scan for around $10.00 to $15.00.
You may want to change the Fuel Filter, a dirty fuel filter will restrict the fuel flow to the injectors making the engine run lean during boost causing miss fires and will burn up your spark plugs and worst the valves. If you do change the plugs, DO NOT REPLACE THEM WITH Platinum Plugs use a good set of copper plugs. the platnum's will heat up and glow causing detonation.
Good luck and hope this helps. keep me posted on how you do.
If you fix what is wrong then take it to AUTO ZONE or ADVANCE AUTO they can do if for free. An example would when I left my gas cap open the check engine light came on. After I start the engine three times it suppose to go away but it did not so I took it to Auto Zone and they reset it.It did not come on.3 months now.
Take your car to your local Auto Zone or Advanced Auto and they will pull your codes that are causing the check engine light to come on. They will do this for free. Let me know what the codes are and we will figure out what is wrong.
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try disconnecting the negative batt wire let sit for 3 mins.reconnect batt should reset the comp.if not pull the pcm fuse from the inside batt box.and i would think that they would be nice enough to hook it 2 the comp and erase the code for u.but if ur light is on go 2 auto zone or advanced auto and have them hook it up 2 there comp and see if they could erase it for u.dont worry if your lights on they do it for free.if the above doesnt work have them check your alt.thers not many more things it could be put your wires.so check your wires .start the car and discont the negative wire from batt while running and if the car stalls its your alt.also make sure all ur wire terminals to and from batt to al are clean
Your thermostat will not affect the heat in your car. This is controlled by the heater core which is pulled from coolant from the engine where the coolant will be the hottest. Your thermostat opens and allows the coolant from the engine to circulate into the radiator and the coolant from the radiator flow into the engine. A thermostat is cheap and easy to replace. The sensor should be a fairly inexpensive and easy replacement as well. I would change out the sensor first because bad thermostat would create an overheating problem.