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My heater works fine so long as I am in gear and moving--if I am stopped at a red light, it only blows cold until I am moving again! This does not affect how hard it blows, only the temperature. This is my first winter with this car, and constantly turning the blower up/down is annoying, at best. What's the problem?

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  • lkollin Dec 10, 2009

    Well, my A/C is ridiculously cold (yeah, quit complaining huh)--would the problem have been evident then this summer?

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Sounds like you are low on coolant, when the vehicle is moving the water pump is able to push the air from the heater and create hot air from the heater system but when sitting the air moves to the highest point of the cooling system and or the heater core and the air gets cold. fill it up at the coolant resovoir and the radiator cap if equipped and drive it on the highway to purge the air from the system. remember dont open the cooling system while the car is hot and you may have to fill it and drive it a couple of times to fully remove the air from the cooling system. make sure to mix your coolant with water to a "50/50" mixture for best results

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This is a common complaint at this time of the year. Sounds like you have an air pocket in your coolant system and the coolant system should be bleed to get the air out. When air is in the coolant system, you can have no heat at idle and heat when driving.
So I would start by bleeding the coolant system. Hope this helps, best of luck.

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