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Where is the heater control valve on a 2005 Buick Lacrosse?

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It sounds like the heater control valve may be stuck. This valve allows heated water from the engine to pass through the heater core which in turn heats the inside of your car. If this valve is stuck, only a small portion of heated water will pass through. If this is the case, you should have the control valve replace.

You should be able to find it by following the heater hoses coming from the radiator leading back to the firewall. These hoses will about 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch in diameter so you shouldn't get them confused with the normal radiator hoses.

You can probably purchase a new valve at an auto parts store but I'm sure the dealer will have one.

If that's not the problem, it could be that the core itself is clogged up. That's a little more expensive and more of a pain to replace. if this is helpful please dont forget to give rateing thank you

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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  • Lacros1 Dec 29, 2010

    Yes; the hoses go to the firewall, but there is no heater control valve visible from the engine side of the firewall. So ... assuming that he heater control valvet is somewhere in the passenger area, where exactly is it? Is there a panel of some sort that can be removed to reveal it?

  • Darryl Kazemba
    Darryl Kazemba Jan 26, 2011

    There is NOT any heater control valve in this system, temperature is controlled by use of a actuator that controls the temperature door. The actuator might be inoperative.

  • Lacros1 Feb 24, 2011

    Thanks. As you might guess, my system is not turning out enough heat. The electronic panel on the dash does cause air to move to right places. It just isn't very warm. The thermostat has been replaced, which did not help. I had a dealer check it out, but they could not find a problem. One thing they reported was that heater hose to the heater core is hotter than the hose leaving it (good), which suggests that heat IS being removed through the core.

  • Lacros1 Feb 26, 2011

    Still afflicted with low heat, I made another trip to the dealer and, this time, must have gotten a more knowledgeable mechanic. He thought the circumstance of the hot-hose into the heater core with the cooler hose coming out might have a simpler explanation: The heater core might be clogged. So he back flushed the heater core. The result is that I have heat again. That was an $87 fix that was way better than the other potential work such as (1) replacing the heater core (very labor-intensive), (2) replacing the electronic panel on the dash (I’ve done that with a LeSabre. Be prepared for a huge expense if you let the dealer put in a new one. For that car, once I got a dealer diagnosis that the panel was bad, I bought a panel from a salvage yard at a cost 35 times cheaper than a new one. It worked fine. The downside, of course, was that I was taking a chance on the quality of the one I bought; I had to do the installation; and I still had to pay the dealer for the diagnosis. But it was still way less expensive than having it done at the dealer), (3) replacing the radiator (which, if clogged, can result in too little hot fluid reaching the heater core), or (4) replacing some of the actuators on the side of the heater “box” (it would be labor-intensive to get to them).

    The dealer confirmed, incidentally, that newer Buicks (like this one) no longer use “heater control valves.” They use actuators to open and close doors in the heater “box.” So asking the dealer about a heater control valve on a 2005 LaCrosse may just get you a look of puzzlement.
    Anyway, for the moment at least, I have heat again.
    Thanks for the help

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SOURCE: 2005 buick lacrosse heater fan does't run. checked

Check the main fuses under the hood. and check the hook ups under the dash.

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cool car down and drain the radiator, usually a spigot or valve at the bottom. remove the clips or clamps holding the hose on, pull hose off. get a new hose from any parts store, sometime helps to have the old one with you. install new one, put on new clamps and tighten firmly, pour in new coolant. check your owners manual to see what kind of coolant Buick recommends.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

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