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No heat in car and temp gauge rises while driving but stays half

All the pipes are hot and i haven't lost any water

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  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    the rad fan comes on.while driving the temp goes near red,would this mean the thermostat needs changing

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    coolant was fine,i was driving then the heating suddenly stopped working n temp went up near red

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    i tried what u suggested n i had hot air coming through,i then went 4 a drive then lost hot air again,also my fan's not comin on now

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    its strange that it worked then didnt,if i change the thermo then will the fan start working again

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    temp gauge goes to the red,thermo's not easy to get to,its a rover 414

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    it wdnt let me put rover 414 i did try,sorry, its l reg 1994,1400cc and bout 120 tho miles

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    thanks i'll get it done then c what happens

  • peterbrand Jan 25, 2009

    thanks i'll get it done then c what happens

  • steveterry78 Mar 05, 2009

    heating has stopped working but sometimes does

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There is aplug in the bottom of the heater core box that has 5 or 6 wires and 2 8mm bolts holding the blower motor resistor try replaceing that. it sounds like it over heating and thats why it works sometimes and then stops

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97 blazer heats up yo 260 then drops to 160, i changed the thermostat but still doing it, i also have heat then no heat

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With engine cold, remove rad cap & check level in rad. Top it up if needed to 1 or 2 inches from top. Start engine, turn heater on (not defrost) and observe coolant level as engine warms up, add if necessary. Radiator fan should be off, and only come on when engine reaches normal operating temperature, for a short time, then shut off again. Let it run until that happens about 3 times, then put rad cap back on. If temperature gauge climbs up over normal toward hot, too much, shut it off. Do you now have heat? Is rad fan acting as I described? Let me know.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    Thermostat would certainly be a good place to start, but read my other description regarding filling cooling system after you do it, to prevent air locks. That said, if engine is hot, so should be heat if there isn't an airlock in system, or other problem. Did coolant get low on this vehicle prior to this?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    That is usually a sure sign of low coolant. Do the run with cap off as explained before replacing thermostat & lets see what happens. I still feel like it got low & now has an airlock.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    I'd change thermostat & re-fill system as before. Rad fan may not be coming on because of cool temperatures outside, not uncommon, as long as gauge doesn't go over normal operating temperature. it probably will if it sits idling long enough, but again, thermostat may be partially stuck open too.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    Fan should only come on when rad or coolant temperature reaches set temperature approx, 190-200 F. If coolant can cool itself enough to stay under that temperature, fan won't come on, unless you put it on defrost. If temperature gauge stays in normal range, then it will most likely not come on.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    Great! heading said Ford escort ! ha-ha, sorry. So really, what year, make , model, mileage & engine are we working on here? And what's the weather like where you are?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    That's o'k. Unfortunately that thermostat, would be the next thing I did.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 25, 2009

    Good luck & don't forget to bleed air out as described. pay special attention in rad when normal operating temperature reached so you can observe good coolant flow when thermostat opens.

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