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It is almost winter and I haven't had a heater run in over a month. The T-bird has been sitting for the better part of 3 years. I can't get any heat, Tried to add Radiator coolant, not sure where to go from here? Behind the glove-box?

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    Aleks Oct 16, 2013

    There is no air blowing at all from vents? Not car savvvy



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1. check heater's fuse. locate the fusebox under dash on driver side. check the 30A fuse

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

Testimonial: "and if it is not the fuse, what would it be then. I want to just run through a couple possibilities after work tomorrow. Before it gets hella cold."


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it could be but if i where you i would check all the fuses

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The heater/AC temp control blend door is warped and sticking, this is a very common problem in this series of mustang, in order to fix it the dash must be removed.

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feel the hoses when engine is hot to see if the water is circulating,before you do anything else.If one is hot and the other cool then its not circulating,and heater core need a good flushing with some some caustic soda

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sound to me like the blend door is out of adjustment, have this lookrd at by a certified a/c tech,should be easy to fix

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what do u mean by heat coil? heater core? if yes the the dash must come out, see link for step by step instructions

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In the winter when I am using my defroster or other interior heater to heat the interior and/or the glass and windshield, frost and or ice will build up on the edges of the windshield and or both side...

Hello, Thank you for letting me assist you. Let's look at your problem. I don't see a year or model for your vehicle so I will assume it is 1990 or newer. Manufacturers for some reason setup the defroster setting to activate the AC compressor regardless of what you have the temperature setting set to anytime it is turned on. This becomes problematic in some regions. I know when I drive through Pennsylvania during the winter I had to change my windshield washer fluid from cleaner to a 50 /50 mix of cleaner and alcohol/deicer fluid in order to stop the icing on my windows. Your problem though, as I understand your post, is there is ice forming on the inside of the vehicle.

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