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Troubleshooting Car Heater Problems

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The weather is cold and of course your heater is not working properly. Determining the cause of the problem can be time consuming and frustrating. This is a guide about troubleshooting car heater problems.



Here are questions related to Troubleshooting Car Heater Problems.

Question: Car Heater Not Working

I've changed my heater core and thermostat, but I still have no heat and the temperature gauge goes up. What else should I check?

By B.T.


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By Grandma J [46]02/17/2014

What Louise said, but if you know something about what you are doing, make notes to tell the person who finally is scheduled to fix it. For several decades my husband has fixed and done autobody to the family cars. And 2 of 3 sons went to college tech for these same programs.

Neither of my 2 sons are employed in the programs above, use the info to keep their own things working correctly. Anyway, not sure if this is winter where you are, and the urgency of fixing the car is more than in summer time. If you are starting to fix things now instead of in the fall doing a full check list, I have to shake a finger at you. Catching something that should have been maintence back then was preventable. That being said, other things happen. Did you flush your radiator when doing the things you listed? Did you get things put back in the order they came off? Often a huge mistake. My guys use their phones and take photos as they are undoing, whether rebuilding and engine/tranny or just maintenence on different family cars.

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By Louise B. [5]02/17/2014

Apparently you have done some work and spent a bunch of money on parts all for nothing. I am sorry if I am not being helpful, but my son is an automotive technician, and he has trained to fix problems like yours. He is often upset when people tell him what they want done, and then are unhappy because that doesn't fix the problem. At least you did the work yourself. Why don't you take it to a shop and have a trained mechanic fix it for you? Wouldn't that be cheaper in the long run? Tell them the problem and let them solve it!

Question: Car Heater Not Blowing Warm Air

I need help with the heater in my 1989 Mazda b 2600. The heater is not blowing hot and cab is staying cold. If anybody can help with suggestions it would be great.

By Jeff from Virginia Beach, VA


Most Recent Answer

By Chasity [2]12/11/2009

Same with me, just needed antifreeze or water, and I had froze all that time!

Question: Repairing a Car Heater

I have a '98 Mazda B3000. How do I get air out of the cooling system to make the heater work? It stays cold after and while driving over 50 miles at a time after replacing the water pump and thermastat and trying to bleed air by cap and hoses to heater core. What's next?

By Keith from Powelton, WV

Most Recent Answer

By Louise B. [5]01/20/2015

Take it to a shop, and get a mechanic to check it out?

Question: Heat Only Comes Out Dash Vents

My 2002 Pontiac Aztec has an issue with heat. When it is set on window vent and or window and floor vents no heat comes out! When I set it on the vents located on the dash (where the air blows out straight at you) there is heat. I live in Minnesota and can't be without the defrosting vent with this -0 temps and wind chills. My husband says I'm crazy that can't happen. I need a logical explanation. Please help. Thanks.

By Cindy M.

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By Louise B. [5]02/11/2014

This is likely a very simple fix for an automotive technician. Take it to a shop and have them book it in for a quick check. This is not something that you can fix yourself.

Question: Auto Heater Motor Making a Howling Noise

The heater motor makes a howling noise at times for few minutes or longer. Other than that it works good.

By Ken from Penticton, BC

Most Recent Answer

By Brent01/17/2014

Sounds like the bearing is going. Many are permanently sealed. IF you can get grease in, might be ok. Normally you have to replace everything.

Question: The AC/Heater Thermostat Not Working

The AC/heater fan works correctly, but does not change the temp to hot or cold. Nor does the air compressor come on.

    By gwnutrition [1]

    Question: A/C Heater Blower Not Working Properly

    My blower motor will not run except on low. I can unplug the relay and replug it and the blower motor will run only in the hi position. If I turn the switch to any other setting it stops blowing and will not restart unless I unplug the relay and plug it back in with the switch setting on hi. I have replaced the relay, resistor, and the switch and nothing works

    By Johnny from Jackson, TN

    Question: 2000 Hyundai Heater Not Working Properly

    My 2000 Hyundai heater only blows on floor or on vent, but not on defrost.

    By Wayne

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