Originally Posted by UmmScott
Its a TSB saying that a complaint of poor heater performance/slow engine warm up may be caused by incorrectly routed heater hoses... Its says to reroute them but the bulletin is very unclear as to how to reroute them.
This just came to my mind. On the BACK and bottom of the coolant reservoir there is a coolant hose going from it to the engine. I just noticed that this hose is kinked shut.. Its not the hose on the front but on the bottom left back of the bottle. Could this cause my problem??
Its like completely twisted, theres no way anything could flow thru that. I'll see if i can post a pic tomorrow
I am currently driving a 98 Concorde with the 3.2 and only 60k miles.
It doesn't seem to matter how many miles are on the car,
they always take a long time to warm up.
This morning at 40 degrees, it took a good five minutes for the needle to begin to move
and another five to reach the 1/4 mark.
BUT you need to check that hose that you think is kinked.
That hose is an important part of your coolant system.
It is the only link between your enigne and your coolant reservoir
If it has collapsed, you definitely need to replace it.
It is supposed to be a molded hose.
At 125k and 14 years old you are overdue for the water pump and timing belt replacement.
You need to check into that.
If you decide to do the wp/tb, you could replace the thermostat while you have it torn
As for the TSB, I've heard lots of people talk about how cold blooded these cars are
but I've never heard anyone talk about re-routing their heater hoses.
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