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Heater The heater will put out warm air but won't get hot. The temperature on the vehicle reaches 200 degrees but the heater won't put out enough heat to warm the vehicle

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The heater in your car depends upon a flow of hot coolant going through the heater core in order to get hot air into the car. If the heater core is partially plugged, it will restrict the flow. If you have a head gasket that is putting exhaust into the cooling system, it will eventually get into the heater core. When this happens there is no coolant in the heater core to make the air warm. If the water pump vanes have corroded away the result will be very poor coolant circulation causing the heater to not blow hot air. If your car is equipped with a heater control valve that is not functioning properly, the coolant flow will be restricted. One or a combination of these factors is likely the culprit in your case.

To attempt to clean the core, you must flush the system multiple times. If this does not work, the core cannot be cleaned and must be replaced.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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