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Old 12-27-2008, 09:23 AM
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Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

Ever since I got my new rad awhile back the car practically never warms up to where I can use the heater. I like the fact that it stays cold in the summer, but now that it's cold... It took driving around all day today for it to get to normal operating temperature (middle) then I turn on the heater and plop temp goes down to a quarter. lol

Anyone else have the issue?
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

Try a new thermostat
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

I'm out in chicago on the water front and I have the same problem man. I don't think there's anything wrong with our cars, it has just been really cold recently (at least where i live, its been like -10 with the wind chill) Everytime i get in my car i know i just gotta bundle up lol.
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

Might be a stuck thermostat. Like he said even in summer it stays cold. What kinda of radiator did you get was it OE or after market?
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

well the coolant temp will drop about 10-15 when you first open the heater b.c it opens the valve to allows coolant to start running through the heater core and allowing the cold coolant to start flowing through the motor. also the heater core acts kinda like a radiator in a way. the heat coming off of it is used to give you the heat blowing out of your vents

so nothing is wrong that the temp drops when 1st turned on but your t-stat could be stuck open resulting in long warm up times
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

does it eventually get decently hot or does it just stay luke warm? if it gets hot eventually (like 5-10 minutes) then its fine
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

I don't think it's a stuck open thermostat. Just a good radiator?
It takes about 4-5 minutes for it to warm up a quarter of the way.
In the summer it will warm up all the way (middle), but if I go to speed the car instantly will get cool (quarter) I should have made that a little more clear. Its an OEM replacement.
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

that is a stuck thermostat almost 100% sure thats one way you know your thermostat is stuck open. even if you got a new rad. doesnt mean the thermostat is new vause they arent near each other. get a new one try that its cheap and a fast fix.
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

Well i would still check to see. you can just take the old on off and see if it's closed or not. Just fallow the house from the top of the radiator to something that looks like this and unbolt it.


The thermostat stays closed so that the water the is "trapped" in the engine can warn up. If the thermostat stays open the water goes right to the radiator and it doesn't have time to heat up at all.
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Re: Hardly ever get to enjoy the heat!

Alright I'll give it a check.. Got a bigger issue right now though. (look for window post)
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