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Heater Core coolant flow 97 F250 Powerstroke

Which hose going to the heater core is the "hot" line? Is it the one that comes out of the engine block, or the one that comes out near the water pump?

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The one that comes out directly from the engine block

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Engine overheating.


That sounds like a plugged heater core or heater hoses. At lower RPM there is not as much pressure from the water pump, so the coolant can't circulate through the heater core. Find the heater hoses (in and out) on the firewall. With the car running, engine warm to hot, squeeze the hoses - they should be hot and pretty tight. If they aren't, then something's probably blocking them. Then you'd just have to figure out if if it's the heater core that's blocked or the hoses. You can disconnect the hoses and blow compressed air in to the heater core. Probably a lot of crud buildup. It's messy but it can be done.

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Change heater core water pump one pipe get hot


try some comma's?
my wild guess, is you are trying to fix a dead cab heater, right?
and if so, can be caused by 5 things wrong. total.
1 engine coolant not hot (180F or more)
2; fan dead.(cab heater fan)
3:or core , coolant path blocked. (seems you)
4; core exterior core blocked with leaves or pin needles. (sucked in)
5: optional core valve , stuck closed. (cable bad, etc)\



one pipe hot , means ,? core pipe 1 is hot, and other is dead cold?
this flow blockage , bingo !

if pipe 1 is 180F and other is 120f this is normal the heater is heating air in the cab and is dropping due to this heat exchange. (normal)
so why not do the 2 year full flush service now. (skipped i bet)
core hoses:
remove the 2 hoses on engine side, never core side (easy damage)
then back flush both hoses. with a garden hose.
if there is a valve there, test it and make sure it's opening... and free flowing.
and that both engine water ports are open too, from heater hose
to engine. (yes, they pack up too)

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Heater core plug how to flush it grand am 1998


The core may be plugged, or it may have an air lock, or the core may be fine and the doors in the heater case may not be opening properly to pass heat.

With the engine at normal operating temperature, feel both the inlet and outlet core hoses at the firewall. If the coolant is circulating both hoses should be hot. If only one is hot, try cracking open the outlet line, with engine running, to get flow started from an air block. (The outlet line will run from the firewall to the front of engine near or at the water pump housing. The inlet for the heater comes off the top of engine from a head fitting and goes to the firewall.) If no flow results, the core may be plugged. To flush the core, take both hoses off at the firewall or off at where they fit on the engine, and put a garden hose into the outlet-flush it backwards-run until clear-let the water run to ground or use a catch can if able to. Some people use compressed air into the core instead of water flushing. Either way, you should see some sediment come out if it had any blockage. Once you get the heater core circulating, any further heater problems need to be addressed at the heater case. Make sure the temperature blend door can open and close-this door opens to let blower fan air pass across the heater core.
Good luck.

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I believe its the thermastat but I will tell you what my problem is so I can get the proper analysis. I have absolutely NO heat at all. Trying the thermastat replacement is the first thing I should do...


i wish you luck but is the temp staying in the usual place on the meter... could be as simple as a heater coil. or maybe the electronic control is not changing to flow water to heater core.. check engine light on?: turn heat on off on off on off to try to get it to change flow.. good luck

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I have no heat on my 93 silverado. i have replaced the heater core,thermostat,and radiator. I checked the blend door while I had the heater core out and it works fine.With the heater hose that goes to the...


LOOKING AT HEATER CORE TOP HOSE COOLANT FLOW IN BACK OUT THROUGH THE BOTTOM HEATER CORE HOSE CHECK WATER PUMP BYPASS HOSE SEE IF IT GETS HOT.IF NOT COULD BE BLOCKAGE AT BYPASS HOSE FROM WATER PUMP OR WATER COULD BE FAULTY GETTING TOO WEAK PUMP COOLANT THROUGH SYSTEM.IF COOLANT GETTING HOT GOING TO HEATER CORE THE HEATER CORE AND COOLANT SYSTEM NEED FLUSHING OUT.

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No heat is there a fuse 2003 f250 is there a fuse for heater


i don't know realy if there is a fuse (though i doubt it) but issues with heatting may be this will help.

If the carpet under the heater core is damp, or if antifreeze vapor or steam is coming through the vents, the heater core is leaking.
Remove it and install a new unit (most radiator shops will not repair a leaking heater core.
If the air coming out of the heater vents isn't hot, the problem could stem from any of the following causes:
  • The thermostat is stuck open, previnting the engine coolant from warming enough to carry heat to the heater core. Replace the thermostat.
  • There is a blockage in the system, Preventing the flow of coolant through heater core. Feel both heater hoses the firewall. They should be hot.if one of them is cold, there is an obstruction in one of the hoses or in the heater core,or the heater control valve is shut. Detach the hoses and back flush the heater core with a water hose. If the heater core is clear but circulation is impeded, remove the two hoses and flush them out with a water hose.
  • If flushing fails to remove the blockage from the heater core, the coremust replaced.

Nov 27, 2009 | 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab

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Heater not working (no heat)


If u have issues with heatting may be this will help.

1- If the carpet under the heater core is damp, or if antifreeze vapor or steam is coming through the vents, the heater core is leaking.Remove it and install a new unit (most radiator shops will not repair a leaking heater core.

1 - If the air coming out of the heater vents isn't hot, the problem could stem from any of the following causes:
  • The thermostat is stuck open, previnting the engine coolant from warming enough to carry heat to the heater core. Replace the thermostat.
  • There is a blockage in the system, Preventing the flow of coolant through heater core. Feel both heater hoses the firewall. They should be hot.if one of them is cold, there is an obstruction in one of the hoses or in the heater core,or the heater control valve is shut. Detach the hoses and back flush the heater core with a water hose. If the heater core is clear but circulation is impeded, remove the two hoses and flush them out with a water hose.
  • If flushing fails to remove the blockage from the heater core, the coremust replaced.

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When you bypass the heater core the path for the water to go through the core is gone. Correct?, you have connected to engine water line out to the engine water input? thus bypassing the heater core........


No, you just won't have water flow through the heater core, Coolant flows through the engine through the lower radiator hose as the water pump sucks it out of the radiator and pushes it through the engine. It then flows out the top radiator hose when the thermostat opens. It then flows into the radiator to cool off.

Is your heater core leaking?

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Heatercore does not get hot only one hose is hot


First make sure you have the radiator full of antifreeze also check overflow to make sure its at proper level . then let car warm up and feel hoses that go to firewall tword heater core and see if one of them are warm if so you have a blocked water control valve or its got a vacuum line off going to it .. Thanks Jerry holler if this is not it we will go from there.

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Defrost will not come out vents


Check your coolant level first. Next check your heater control valve. With engine at operating temp and heater on high, do this:

1. Heater hose from water pump should be hot (if not, water pump may be dead or thermostat is stuck closed)
2. Heater hose from thermostat housing should be hot (if not, thermostat may be stuck closed or water pump is dead)
3. Heater hose going to heater core should be hot ( if not, heater control valve is not getting vacuum from heater control unit, or valve is broken)
4. Heater hose returning from heater core should be hot (if not, heater core is blocked, undo both hoses to core and flush with water hose until clear)

Test thermostat: with cold engine cranked, watch water temp gauge. As it gets hotter and hotter, when the thermostat opens, the temp should drop suddenly and then go back up.

Test water pump: with engine at operating temp. Squeeze top radiator hose tight, when you release it, you should feel/hear a surge of water. It is much like when you pinch a water hose closed and release it.

Test vacuum from heater control unit to heater control valve: undue vacuum line from control valve. It should have a vacuum when pressed against you skin in addition to releasing the actuating arm on the control valve.

If there is no vacuum, a quick fix will be to disconnect the plastic actuator from the silver arm on the heater valve. This will let the hot water to always flow to your heater core.

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