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No heat. had new timing belt put on, no heat since then, just tried new heater core

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Make sure the heater is not by passed and that it was connected back up. it may not have been hooked up correctly it can even bee hooked up backwards.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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SOURCE: new heater core and thermostate /no heat

sound like you have a bubble in the system. make sure you drain all liquid out, make sure the thermostat is the proper temp rating and is not backwards. Fill the radiator up turn the car on turn the heater on full blast fill up the over flow with anti freeze. put the radiator cap on. watch the temp in the car. dont let it get all the way in the red. you should see the overflow tank start to get the anti freeze sucked out of it don't let run dry. I had this problem with my 2004 dodge ram. This is how a master mech told me to do it

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Have no heat. Have replaced heater core,

I don't know your vehicle, but does it have a blower door tucked in where the heater core is? If it DOES and that's broken then it could be the whole problem. It would mean it isn't switching from the A/C side of things to the heat side of them. Hope this helps, good luck! Also, just looked up the proper name for what I'm talking about, it's called a "blend door" and I think your car has one. It's what I would check, again, good luck!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010

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