Weak Heater

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  1. CopterDr

    CopterDr New Member

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    Hi from Missouri....folks, I have a 2002 Limited 3.7. The heater is not real hot. I've flushed the core, installed a new radiator and hoses. Gets fairly warm setting still, but once moving down the road, it's temped at best.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Did you also replace the thermostat
    if not get a MOPAR works way better than those "zone ones
    Also flushed heater core , how ?
    The way heater cores are made on these KJs makes it hard just to flush water through and call it good

    My 03 and 04s will run you out within 2-3 miles
    The 05s is a bit off though , it gets hot but not nearly as hot as the other 2
     
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    I’m experiencing the same issues and what I’ve narrowed mine down too because I’ve done the same steps as you; when you change from hot to cold with the temperature do you hear a buzzing sound? Usually heater issues can be

    low antifreeze clogged hoses clogged heater core, blend door or the heater core itself.

    from what I’ve learned it’s a very common issue. Unfortunately if it’s the heater core you would have to semi take apart the dashboard to move it out of the way.
     
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    Oh yeah and thermostat, did you replace it? Does your engine overheat?
     
  5. CopterDr

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    Yep, new therm.....engine runs perfect temp....dead in the middle of the gauge. I've been watching to see if maybe the therm might not be closing all the way.....temp gauge stays dead on. Thanks for the get back too!!
     
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    Yeah, I've heard this now for sure.......don't relish taking the whole dash out....guess Jeep didn't put a big enough core in her. Thanks
     
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    Yes Sir....I thought maybe the door actuator had failed...but it seems to divert the air like it's supposed to.
     
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    Heater core is big enough , so that is not the reason at all ,
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    BUT<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>was it a MOPAR one, makes a difference , guess you don't read all posts
     
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    Sorry Tom....just joined.
     
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    Not sure...since my friend that put the radiator in bought the therm....I think from a parts house....O'Reily's..
    Thanks
     
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    OK...I'll get one from Mopar.....thanks
     
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    Thanks for all the input and help folks.....it's appreciated greatly.
     
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    LibertyTC Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes please use HOAT or Zerex-05 coolant only W/ a Mopar thermostat.
    Here is the diagram & part # below.
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    Once the new thermostat is installed and the system is filled....
    Once hot, You can also loosen the hex air bleed, to get a bit of coolant out/ remove air out of system as well.
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    The "diverting of the air" ie. from Demister to footwells, side vents etc. is actually a seperate operation which is operated by vacuum from the intake manifold in the Gasser and from a seperate vacuum pump in the CRDs.

    So there may still be an issue with the Blend Door which is seperate....driven by a Stepper Motor.

    Follow the advice above as regards the Thermostat and the correct mixture of HOAT or Zenex antifreeze.;)