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No heat or defrost in 1996 dodge stratus

We started out having no heat and we were leaking a lot of antifreeze. we have since had to replace the radiator, some freeze plugs and the thermostat and things seemed to have been working fine. now there is no heat. it is blowing but it is only cold air. the mechanic said they checked the heater core and it was fine (however, we had to take the car back to this mechanic three seperate times to get the above done so i'm not really sure i trust his judgement anymore). any suggestions?

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  • ree_dawn Feb 12, 2009

    the coolant is full and the engine temp guage is normal

  • Al Perry May 11, 2010

    Verify the coolant is full and does the engine temp gauge show normal temp during operation?

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In my 2001 dodge stratus it had a crack in the thermostat housing. We have replaced it but now water is leaking and we believe it has something to do with the freeze plug. How do you locate it. The hoses seem to be fine and I am just really frustrated and have run out of money replacing unnecessary parts. Any advice???

Posted on Aug 28, 2010

  • misweetiepie Aug 28, 2010

    sorry not a solution just another problem with the dodges.

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Seems like the heater core is possibly plugged. I would try flushing the heater core before changing it. Look in the engine compartment on the cars right side. Find where two cooling line go into the firewall. Roughly 1" - 1 1/2" in size. Disconnect these lines. You will loose fluid, so put a container under the car. Use a garden hose and flush the core in one side and make sure the water flows out the other. Then repeat this process to flush the opposite way. If the water does not flow easily, then there is something stuck inside the core, then it will have to be replaced.

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This heater core is done. anytime you have a fully functioning coolant system and, the heater blows cold. you can bet the bank its the core.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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    Michael Masters Feb 12, 2009

    Hi again, Check the shut off valve near the heater core. it may be closed or stuck in position. this could be the issue why the coolant isn't flowing threw the core. if this valve is shut. the coolant will bypass the core.not all models have this shut of valve but, yours may have this.

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