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Heater core plug how to flush it grand am 1998

No heat in the car but engine heat regular

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The core may be plugged, or it may have an air lock, or the core may be fine and the doors in the heater case may not be opening properly to pass heat.

With the engine at normal operating temperature, feel both the inlet and outlet core hoses at the firewall. If the coolant is circulating both hoses should be hot. If only one is hot, try cracking open the outlet line, with engine running, to get flow started from an air block. (The outlet line will run from the firewall to the front of engine near or at the water pump housing. The inlet for the heater comes off the top of engine from a head fitting and goes to the firewall.) If no flow results, the core may be plugged. To flush the core, take both hoses off at the firewall or off at where they fit on the engine, and put a garden hose into the outlet-flush it backwards-run until clear-let the water run to ground or use a catch can if able to. Some people use compressed air into the core instead of water flushing. Either way, you should see some sediment come out if it had any blockage. Once you get the heater core circulating, any further heater problems need to be addressed at the heater case. Make sure the temperature blend door can open and close-this door opens to let blower fan air pass across the heater core.
Good luck.

Posted on Dec 02, 2012

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Take off the hoses at the bulkhead/firewall that go to te heater core, use a garden hose and back flush the core by forcing water through the smaller of the 2 hose nipples, if the water runs right through then you have a heater air temp control door actuator problem

Posted on Dec 24, 2008

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Hi my name is Allen!

First let us check to see if it is the heater core, follow the test procedures below.

1-Check the coolant level, if its full move to the next procedure, if its low fill it and recheck the heater operation.

2-Bring the engine to operating temperature, check the heater core by grabing one of the hoses and see if it is extremely hot, if it is, move to the next hose, if it is luke warm and not extremely hot you have a heater core plugged up. If both hoses or cold or warm you may need a thermostat because it may be stuck open.

3-If the heater system has a heater control valve installed in one of the heater hoses you will need to bypass the valve to see if it is plugged, if it doesn't have a valve forget about this procedure.

4-If you find that the heater core is plugged, you can put a can of coolant system cleaner in the radiator and drive it for a week and then take off the heater hoses, both of them NOTE: make sure the system is cool so you don't get burn't! Then you will need to back flush with a garden hose from one side of the hose outlet to the other through the heater core itself.

NOTE: if this doesn't help you will need to replace the heater core!

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Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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Are you sure you got all the air out of the cooling system? Air pockets are very common problem when you do any work to the cooling system. An air pocket will do what you discribe.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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Since your blower is working and it is a heat issue,thats where we'll start,First thing is have you checked the coolant level in the radiator when engine is cold,make sure it is filled to top,next verify you have coolant in reserve ,Start your van and get it up to normal operation temperature,If your heat gauge on the dash works correctly it should be 190 degrees,Now lift the hood and locate the two heater hoses going into the heater assembly at the fire wall,Both hoses should be hot to hold on to,if both are hot and no heat inside your problem will be the blend air door in heater assembly.
if neither hose is that hot you need to replace the thermostat in the engine to get it up to 195 degrees.
if one hose is hot and one is luke warm then the heater core is blocked and to blame. hope this helps you.

Posted on Jan 02, 2010

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Since your blower is working and it is a heat issue,thats where we'll start,First thing is have you checked the coolant level in the radiator when engine is cold,make sure it is filled to top,next verify you have coolant in reserve ,Start your van and get it up to normal operation temperature,If your heat gauge on the dash works correctly it should be 190 degrees,Now lift the hood and locate the two heater hoses going into the heater assembly at the fire wall,Both hoses should be hot to hold on to,if both are hot and no heat inside your problem will be the blend air door in heater assembly.
if neither hose is that hot you need to replace the thermostat in the engine to get it up to 195 degrees.
if one hose is hot and one is luke warm then the heater core is blocked and to blame. hope this helps you.

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