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96 dodge dakota low heat from heater


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  • mike9682 Feb 26, 2009

    my heater in my 92 dodge dakota wont really work at all does anyone know how to fix it?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    When truck gets warm and the heater gets turned on there is a smell of antifreeze in the cabin. No leaks anywhere, no loss of coolant, dealer changed thermostat, no help. 29000 miles.



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Well sound slike you have covered most the things . I would try and remove the hoses from the heater core and back flush then with a garden hose sounds like the heater core might be pluged. Does it heat up more if you bring up the rpm's ?

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My truck starts running hot then I turn the heater on and it blows cold air but every once in a while the heater will throw out hot air. Then the temp gauge will go down. I've check med the radiator cap...

I'd still check the thermostat. Or basically just replace it. Have you ever drained all the antifreeze and flushed the system? Good time to do both. If the hose's get real hot that doesn't really mean the thermostat open. Wouldn't they get hot even if the thermostat didnt open.? If the thermostat was stuck open you'd would have cold air and low temp gauge. Then maybe hit a pump or something and have the thermostat stick closed and have high temp. Maybe water pump. Check it when you have the belt off. Spin, pull & push the water pump pulley around. I'd replaced my water pump at about 110,000 on a '97 dodge Dakota. My 97 never had a very good heater. Always heated up more after driving. Idle never got it warmed up.

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you did check your coolant level right? Has anything been worked on as far as cooling system lately? Radiator, thermostat, rad cap, antifreeze changed/flushed?

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