Question about 1999 Pontiac Bonneville
I turn it off and turn it back on and then the heat works for a few seconds and then the temp light flashes and then it blows cold every time I repeat the process
Okay. warm up vehicle, get radiator hoses hot. Turn on heater, fan on low. Grip both rubber heater hoses close to the firewall, from the engine compartment side. They should be too hot to hold for long. If they are not hot, then you have a lack of coolant circulation to the heater hoses. If they are hot then access heater core, behind glove box area. Blend door which moves as you chose HOT or Cold, should be cable controlled, move the controls and be sure the door is actually moving. Keep me posted
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
take the upper radiator hose use a glove and while the car is running squeeze the hose together and see if trys to open in your hand and if it doesn't you have a weak water pump but check the condition of the drive belt and the coolant before you go to the pump
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
have you chg. any thing lately like thermostate? added any coolent to system? if not, thermostate could be stuck in the open position. if stuck open, setting still, it will throw heat, but moving coolent flows to fast and does not get a chance to get hot. if you did chg. thermostate it could have a air pocket in the system. and also adding coolent can create an air pockets too. you will know this when your traveling down the road and temp guage fluctuates up and down. witch means air in system.
Posted on Jan 15, 2009
It sounds to me like you're low on coolant. When you checked the coolant level, did you actually open the radiator cap and make sure the radiator is full? The plastic tank you generally add coolant too is actually an 'overflow' or 'reserve' tank. There is a hose that runs from that tank to the top of the radiator so if the radiator gets low on coolant, more coolant -should- run in from the overflow tank. However in practice this does not always work. I have a Jeep that leaks coolant and experiences this exact same problem. Coolant will not run from the reserve tank into the radiator because the hose is plugged up, and whenever the radiator gets low on coolant the temp gauge will go real high and then drop, and the heater doesn't work well. This is because the cooling system of your car is supposed to be a closed system, full of coolant and no air. When coolant leaks out, the space it used to occupy is now occupied by air, which does not transfer heat well. When 'air' is passing through your cooling system, no heat can be transferred from your engine to the heater and radiator, resulting in a hot engine and no heat at the heater. Then when a pocket of water passes through the system, the temperature gauge quickly falls as the water absorbs the heat from the engine. The hot water that cools the engine is where the heater gets it's heat from as well, so when water passes through the heater core, the heater works, but when it's filled with air, it doesn't.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
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