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Heater on Town and country does not work when idling. replaced resister and fan last year.

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  • rathsackolso Sep 27, 2010

    My town and country heater only works at about 3500 rpms. It blows cold air at idle

  • rathsackolso Sep 27, 2010

    the blower works fine. I only get hot air when the rpm's are up. I get no heat at an idle. I replaced the blower motor and resister last year. It is a 2003.

  • rathsackolso Sep 27, 2010

    someone also said check water pump. what do you think

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Not sure what u are saying here, are you saying the air blower motor for AC/Heater doesn't work again? please clarify this part about the parts you replaced which would imply the air blower motor was inop. Also need the year of the van.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

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    yadayada Sep 27, 2010

    the problem you described is caused by low coolant levels or air in the system due to a leaking engine head gasket or a plugged heater core, check the coolant level, also if it is rusty have the system checked for a leaking head gasket, u may also have a plugged heater core, pull the the two hoses of the heater core hose nipples and flush the heater core with a garden hose, flush it in both directions to help free up gunk in the core. to bleed the cooling system of trapped air do this.

    Use a floor jack and raise the front of the car as high as poss, then fill the coolant recovery tank full and run the engine until it just starts to overheat, high end of normal zone on gauge, then shut the engine down and run cold water over the radiator core, this will self bleed the system and the coolant will be pulled from the recovery tank, repeat as necessary, never let the recovery tank run dry or more air will be pulled into the cooling system.

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    yadayada Sep 27, 2010

    unless the cooling system is heavily rusted there is little chance the water pump is defective, also the engine would overheat in traffic and on hot days, is that the case?

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Replace resistor last year.Agreed,but it can again fail causing this fault.Check the resistor.But assuming heater is working the other possibility can be heater blower motor faulty causing this problem. Turn on your heater on and get operating temp and check heater hoses to heater core against firewall if both hoses are not as hot as radiator hoses. you might have a clogged heater core. you have to pull dash out to change heater core. --------- For more help:-- Listen for the sound of the motor. If you don't hear sound, it could be a bad resistor, or a loose wire.If all checks out ok then hook jumper wires to the motor. Attach one wire to a ground and another to a power source.If the motor starts then its working but if it does not start then its faulty motor.

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    raj somaiya Sep 27, 2010

    Try opening your rad cap and top it up with coolant. Then fill the
    expansion tank half full too.If by doing this the ac hot air works properly and the same problem repeats again,then there is a leak.




    You might want to check for a leak.... That's a lot to be low.


    Turn on your heater on and get operating temp and check heater hoses to heater core against firewall if both hoses are not as hot as radiator hoses. you might have a clogged heater core. you have to pull dash out to change heater core.Replace the coolant.refill new coolant,if its not changed in near by time.

    Thanks for keeping updated with your query.


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