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No Heat While Idling

hello folks I am having troubles with my intrepid.....when i am driving i have heat but when im sitting in the drive through its cold as ice.the car is not overheating or nothing and i think its kinda wierd
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Do you get heat if you were in park or neutral and hit rev the engine?

As in, does the heat come when the engine rpm's climb or does it only come when the car is actually moving?
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check the coolant level first..
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hello

well when im sitting i rev the engie to like 2 and a half then thats when the heat start comming out.or when im driving it comes on. i hope its jus the coolant cause its not overheating or nothing
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isnt that like the first sign of a dead thermostat???
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Also could be air in the system.
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well when im sitting i rev the engie to like 2 and a half then thats when the heat start comming out.or when im driving it comes on. i hope its jus the coolant cause its not overheating or nothing
I ask simply because I had a similar situation back in the day with another car. no coolant was really hitting the heater core to provide me heat until I rev the engine some, whether it be from actual driving or sitting in neutral and hitting the gas pedal. During idle, the water pump wasn't pumping hard enough to provide me with heat. This was easily fixed by adding in more antifreeze/water.
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ok

so its not the waterpump then huh.it was leakin at first but no leaks but sometimes i can smell the radiator
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Well, if you are leaking or were leaking, it's a pretty safe bet then that you just need to add more antifreeze/water to your system. I'd also keep an eye on your temp, though it sounds as if you already are.
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so its not the waterpump then huh.it was leakin at first but no leaks but sometimes i can smell the radiator
If the water pump was leaking ,and you haven't fixed it, then it probably is still leaking, especially if you can smell antifreeze sometimes..(never seen one fix itself) While adding coolant may get you heat now a leaky water pump can be a very bad thing that needs to be fixed soon!!...What engine do you have?

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...........

i think its the 2.7 but know they said the water pump was ok but it was leakin from the resvoir or something but it hasnt leaked in about a week
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You might Double check where it was leaking... The water pump on the 2.7 will start to leak underneath the left (driver"s) side of the engine next to the thermostat (which is also under there) .. A lot of times it will leak for a little while then appear to "fix" itself , but the weep hole just gets plugged up and the leak just moves to inside the engine after a while...The first sign is you loose a little bit of coolant and then the heater stops getting hot...SO make sure that the leak was not at the weep hole and Keep a real close eye on the coolant level...

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Yeah, inconsistent heat output like this is typically due to low coolant and/or water pump output. At idle when pump pressure is at its lowest, if the coolant level isn't enough to bring it back to the heater core, you will get no heat. While driving, on the other hand, there's more pressure to force it thru the heater core IF the level is not too low.
I'm suprised the OP hasn't noticed any overheat issues as there has got to be air in the system.
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ok

thank you but can you all tell me what kind of antifreeze i will need...
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ive got heat folks
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