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96 Ford Explorer Heater Porblems


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02-24-02, 08:16 AM   #1  
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96 Ford Explorer Heater Porblems

I have a 96 Ford Explorer XLT that just came out of the shop. Had the thermostat replaced, radiator flushed & pressure tested. Everything worked fine for 3 starts. Heater worked fine. Then after leaving car parked/off for 5 hours, heater would not work. Only blows cold air. Control knobs don't make a difference.

Any suggestions on what to check? I'm hoping something is loose but don't know where to start. Friend also suggested anti-freeze might be low considering system was just serviced.

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02-24-02, 03:30 PM   #2  
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Yes, low antifreeze will cause it.

Feel the heater hoses when the truck is warmed up. Are they hot? If so, the problem is inside the vehicle with the blend door.

My .02: Back to the shop that did all the work and make them make good on the repair and fix at no charge.

 
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03-10-02, 08:57 AM   #3  
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Shop insisted the heater core needed replacement. Claimed the same corrosion that caused the thermostat to go bad caused the heater core to go bad. Of course, they replaced the core (and the door actuator that I thought was the problem) and I still had the problem. Brought it back to the shop hopping mad and they found a loose wire that needed to be repaired. They repaired the wire for free, but still charged me for the heater core & door actuator repair ($700).

I'm going to submit a claim to Ford. I'll pay for the parts (that I claim I didn't need) but I want to get reimbursed for the labor. Ford mechanic claims the heater core was bad and needed replacing anyway. I find it hard to believe on a 6 year old car.

 
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03-10-02, 09:10 AM   #4  
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How often do you change your coolant? If not frequently enough, it will rot out the core or clog it.

Other that that, I agree.

 
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