Thermostat problem???? Opinions please...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Cloaked, Oct 20, 2003.

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    Cloaked Guest

    I have a 94 GC, 3.3l with only the front heat and A/C.

    Now that colder weather is here I have noticed something strange.

    I adjust the heat controls to comfort. When driving straight, all is
    well. However, if I turn to the (I think I have this correct) right,
    the heat virtiually disappears. If I turn to the left, there is a
    sudden burst of heat!

    I have kept a watch on the coolant, and it is rock steady. There is
    sufficient coolant in the system, and there are no coolant leaks.

    I have watched the temp gauge, and it works as expected. It starts
    cold, then rises to a specific point and stays there. Now I know the
    temp gauge is NOT a fast responding gauge.

    Is it possible that my thermostat is acting up just enough to screw up
    the interior heat, but not enough to affect the overall operation of
    the engine?

    Is there anything in particular that I should be looking at/for here?

    All ideas greatfully accepted.

    Cloaked, Oct 20, 2003
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Sounds like air trapped in your coolant system - you get heat or don't
    get it depending on where the bubble (think of it as the absence of
    water) moves is as you turn one way or the other.

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Oct 20, 2003
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    jdoe Guest

    Sounds like air in the system.
    jdoe, Oct 20, 2003
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    mysticolor Guest

    You have a hot spot that has an air bubble in your coolant system.

    You have to make sure that you purge the high point of the coolant channels
    in the engine.

    There is a nipple in the top of the manifold on my Concorde that you have to
    unscrew a bit to release the air trapped in the channels. When it runs
    solid out the top, without bubbles, it will be ready to be tightened and
    checked at the radiator overflow for correct level. It may take a few
    tries, but once you've correctly filled it and purged it, you'll have
    consistent hot air being blown, whether stopped or moving.

    Good luck!
    mysticolor, Oct 21, 2003
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    Cloaked Guest

    Thanks guys!

    I had my head gasket done earlier this year, so this makes sense. I
    mean, up until now I have been using the A/C not the heat!

    I'll check it out.
    Cloaked, Oct 21, 2003
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