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In 03 chev venture. Mini vanHeat takes long time to get hot

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Do you know if the radiator is full of coolant ?
Does the gauge on the dash show the engine temp to be cold after you run the engine ?
Could be the thermostat is not closing.
If the heater hoses are getting hot, could be a blend door problem under the dash.

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Thermostat is not opening up. It will open when the coolant gets hot enough to recoil the spring inside. If thermostat fails, the coolant wont circulate, and won't allow enough coolant to circulate through to the heater core.The thermostat stays closed until the coolant becomes hot enough to open it. Heater core could be another problem. Heater core could be blocked or bad. . Check coolant level first. Then get a new thermostat. If that doesn't work , I'd lean towards a new heater core.To test your old thermostat, you can drop in into some boiled water. You should then see the thermostat open up. If it doesn't , it's not working properly. Hope this is helpful

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