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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Heater question....

Hey all, since this is going to be my first winter driving....im kinda looking for tips on how to get fast heat in the car.

My question is when does the heater kick in? I've noticed that my heat doesnt come full blast until my engine is fully warmed up. 3/4 of my trip are spent freezing in my seat, and to remind u, temperatures are still only mild, not even below freezing.

Maybe im using the heater wrong? I usually set it @ 28C on my ATC with front defroster only. It doesnt feel or smell like the heater is working. Ive noticed that the other cars that ive been in (both 1990 and lower), there is usually a slight burning smell coming from the vents when the heater is put at high.

So if anyone wants to share their info on getting fast heat, please share lol.

PS. leather is frickin freezing!
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Mine starts to get warm about 2-3 min after the car was started. It needs to warm up to produce heat. Although when I set mine at a warm degree. it seems to start blowing out cool air after awile then turns warm again and back & forth, lol!
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You may want to consider a coolant flush depending on when you last had one done. If your coolant is brown, it's definately time. There are a number of threads here, i found this recent one for example, using search.

No heater smell = good. A coolant smell inside of the car is usually a bad thing, probably indicating a small leak in the heater core. If it's an electric burning smell, that would most likely be from the fan motor. A hot smell is usually normal for electric heaters (like space heaters), but this is a fluid heater.

A couple of things I do to warm up the car faster (when really cold) is when idling I put the car in neutral. This warms up the tranny a bit and provides more load on the engine, creating heat a bit faster. Another option is to drive in a lower gear to warm up the car faster. Both will have neg impacts on mileage.

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Remote starter-click it b4 you pouryou coffee and car is icefree and toasty warm when you go out.
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I set my ATC to +80 with the vents directing to bottom and middle with the fan speed a little higher then low. I usually start feeling something after about two minutes or less. Then I turn the heat up high and then I adjust when it gets too hot. If you set the temp too low, it will cylcle like unkut203 said. I only use the defroster when the windows are messed up.
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Illl have to look at the coolant myself. I hope it was already done with my A/C tune up, but ill still look into it. Today is et it at 32C, front defroster. Suprisingly 4C change is a lot of heat difference in my vehicle.
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A good idea like mentioned is to get the coolant flushed out, and possibly change your thermostat.
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and flush out your heater core there was a trhead awhile back on not replacing it but putting your hose straight to it and flushing out everything thats in there.
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