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Old 04/04/2010, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am having problems with my heat blowing out cold on the driver side. I searched but all I have come up with is the blend door. When I look at the Service Manual I don't see anything that refers to a blend door. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot or maybe it is called something else. I have found how the dash can be removed in the manual but I'm not sure where the "blend door" would be, or if I even need to remove the dash to get to it

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The blend door is under the dash, like in the middle. The dash would have to be removed to access it. Here it is on my Galant but on yours will look the same and be in the same spot.

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WOW...more work than I anticipated. I supposed I will get to it on my next weekend off. Have any idea where I could pick that particular part up?

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I think your blend door might just be stuck, not damaged to where it needs replacing. The bland door controls when heat should come out or cold. Most likely it's stock on cold and you have to physically get unstuck with your hand, maybe access the cord that turns the blend door by hand and not with the knob, save you all that work.
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Well the same thing is going on with the 2000 GT pictured in my avatar. The blend option is working perfectly and always has. I'm thinking the heater core may be partially clogged. It didn't start doing it until i changed the heater core hoses due to them leaking and done a coolant flush on the car.
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Well the same thing is going on with the 2000 GT pictured in my avatar. The blend option is working perfectly and always has. I'm thinking the heater core may be partially clogged. It didn't start doing it until i changed the heater core hoses due to them leaking and done a coolant flush on the car.
yep, that has been the cause many a time. the way our heatercore is designed, and mounted, it allows the unit to fill with crap, and clog, starting with the driver's side. if you keep going, in a few months you will loose the passenger's side heat too.

a blend door issue wouldn't make just one side cold, and the other hot.

but the heater core, is not much easier to replace than the blend door... you have a big job either way.
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In the How to: cold/hot air in vents post (Eclipse Garage, Maintenance section). The writer says to have the car running when you pull the plug to drain the radiator (Says not to use 50/50 mix when adding coolant because there is water in the block already). My initial thought would be everything would drain while the plug is out. Is this correct or is my train of thought off on this one?

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yep, that has been the cause many a time. the way our heatercore is designed, and mounted, it allows the unit to fill with crap, and clog, starting with the driver's side. if you keep going, in a few months you will loose the passenger's side heat too.

a blend door issue wouldn't make just one side cold, and the other hot.

but the heater core, is not much easier to replace than the blend door... you have a big job either way.
I wonder if i take the heater core hoses back off, and flush the heater core if it would save the heater core? For example: If the flow of coolant goes IN the top hose and OUT through the bottom. I could Run water through the BOTTOM hose and flush it out backwards from the regular flow. May not be possible but i was just thinking.
Because it didnt start this until i flushed the cooling system itself.

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In the How to: cold/hot air in vents post (Eclipse Garage, Maintenance section). The writer says to have the car running when you pull the plug to drain the radiator (Says not to use 50/50 mix when adding coolant because there is water in the block already). My initial thought would be everything would drain while the plug is out. Is this correct or is my train of thought off on this one?

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How can it? The radiator hose's are mounted higher then the block itself in the engine bay. There's no way for it to drain up.
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dbarr. you would still (and always) add 50/50. what would still be in the car would be 50/50 and if you add anything OTHER than 50/50, you will make what is left over, be NOT 50/50. think about it. if you 100 red m&m's, and 100 green m&m's in a bowl, and want to have a total of 400 m&m's but still have the ratio be 50/50.. you add equal amount red, and green.


wright06jhs, technically what you propose is possible, but it will still just go past the bockage. the problem is the heater core allows for the water to get past the bockage, thus not forcing it to clean itself out. the good news is you can pretty much clog 90% of it, and the coolant will still flow... just not give you any heat.
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^^ Scarr are you saying to use 50/50 when he fills the coolant back up or NOT to use 50/50? I'm confused on what you're saying because he needs to use straight coolant when he fills it.
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sorry, i am saying YES use 50/50.

if you have 50/50 and lets say you have 50% of you coolant drained, and you fill it with straight coolant, you end up with a 75/25 mix. you add in the same proportion to keep the proportions level.

if i have 1 red m&m and 1 green m&m, and i add 2 green m&m's i do not magically get a 50/50 blend. i would have 3 green, and one red, thus 75/25. you need to add the same amount of coolant as water. thus 1 green and 1 red, so you have 2 green and 2 red.
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When you pull the plug on the bottom of the radiator, it will not drain all the coolant. The proper way to do it, is to remove the upper hose from radiator, stick the garden hose in the radiator, turn the water on. Let the water run until you don't see any more coolant coming out and only clean water. Now refill and burp the line.That's how you flush the radiator.
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wright06jhs, technically what you propose is possible, but it will still just go past the bockage. the problem is the heater core allows for the water to get past the bockage, thus not forcing it to clean itself out. the good news is you can pretty much clog 90% of it, and the coolant will still flow... just not give you any heat.
Thanks, Either way i know its going to be a bitch to fix.
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sorry, i am saying YES use 50/50.

if you have 50/50 and lets say you have 50% of you coolant drained, and you fill it with straight coolant, you end up with a 75/25 mix. you add in the same proportion to keep the proportions level.

if i have 1 red m&m and 1 green m&m, and i add 2 green m&m's i do not magically get a 50/50 blend. i would have 3 green, and one red, thus 75/25. you need to add the same amount of coolant as water. thus 1 green and 1 red, so you have 2 green and 2 red.
If he's ONLY flushing the radiator than yes he can use 50/50, but if he's flushing the whole cooling system he needs to use 100% coolant.
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