Question about Saturn S-Series
No or very little heat coming out of my 1997 saturn SL heater for the past 2 years or more. system may have never been flushed since new.
A quick check of the heater core is to feel both heater hoses after the engine has fully warmed up. If both heater lines are hot, the coolant is circulating. If one feels cooler than the other, flushing it backwards with a low volume garden hose might help, unless there is a water valve in one of the lines that is closed-only some have a valve, not all cars. Pull the hoses off and try it. Some have even used an air compressor blow gun. If a lot of crud comes out, you may have fixed it.
Sometimes, the older cars get, the rubber seals on the heater case deteriorate, so cool air can sneak in and the heater just doesn't work as well. Big job to fix that. Try flushing the core if you think it needs it, and check heater case doors operation-maybe the temperature blend door is not opening fully.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you can try to flush it out by removing both heater hose going into the core and coming from the core. Hook a garden hose to the hose going in and then try flushing the hose going out. Normally once a heater core is clogged there is only the option of replacing it.
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
It is your heater core, there is nothing else left.
The heater housing is usually under the dash, and it must be removed to gain access to the heater core.Procedures for removing a dash, and heater core vary. But for the core:
The heater housing must be removed, and then you
"remove the panels" or "split the case" (Usually screwed together.)
Remove the coolant hoses, the cable and vacuum control line.
Remove the heater core bracket and clamps.
To install the new heater core, reverse the removal steps.
Core leaks **** because of the core's location deep within the firewall/ dashboard of the car.
So remember to liquid test your new one before you put it back in, or you could be sorry.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
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will try to help.have you replaced the thermostat? have you checked visually to make sure your cooling fan for engine is coming on?after the engine reaches operating temperature,the fan in front of radiator will come on,it's heat activated. the fan relay in black box under the hood may be bad,or the fuse in that box may be bad,or the fan motor may be bad.take the radiator cap off,when engine cool,start motor,do you see coolant flowing,after the engine reaches operating temperature?you may have a clogged radiator,simple fix. just flush the radiator with a flush,you can purchase at any parts place.hope this helps,and as always, thank you,for choosing fixya.com
Posted on Dec 01, 2010
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