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Old 11-03-2003, 06:42 AM   #1
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Heater not so hot

Well, it's starting to get a little cool up here in Canada. Had heat on in my Focus this morning, and at full red, it just didn't feel like much. My old Passat would almost melt the dashboard when defrosting, by comparison. Is this typical? I'm wondering how it's going to be on those -40 mornings in January.

BTW my antifreeze levels are right up, so that's not the problem.

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Old 11-03-2003, 08:47 AM   #2
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what number do you have the heater on? i usually put it on 2 and have it on full red as well and it works fine for me
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A Ford heater not being hot enough? That's the best thing Ford does is put good heaters in there vehicles. All 3 Fords that I have had (89 Escort, 01 Ranger & 03 Focus) have had great heaters. How long do you let it warm up before you turn it on?
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Old 11-03-2003, 10:59 AM   #4
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How many miles do you have on it? It could be the thermostat. In my beater Dodge Dynasty, the heat wasn't great, until I found out my thermostat was broken (realy, it was in pieces). Replaced that, and I had heat again.
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Old 11-03-2003, 11:19 AM   #5
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Egz could be correct, typically the line to the heater core is behind the thermostat, it just routes hot water. If your heater isn't functioning, you could have just intercepted a huge problem, one that forced me to buy a focus after it blew up my toyota on the highway.
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Old 11-03-2003, 01:08 PM   #6
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All good questions- my car is a 2000 with Zetec- it has 86,000 KMs (roughly 55,000 miles). What I experience is my normal 30 minute commute- entirely 4 lane highway driving at 70 mph. This morning, the temperature was 30 degrees Fahrenheit- I had to leave temperature control all the way red, with fan on "2". Engine temperature guage got to center- normal and stayed there within 5 minutes of leaving the house, with no idle warmup, so I know the thermostat is OK. Selector was between windshield and floor vents- with all this I was comfortable, but with previous cars under same conditions, I would have been roasting, and have to turn the heat down. I think it COULD be the cabin air filter if I actually have one- heat system probably OK, but just not enough air flow. I'll check this out first opportunity. Thanks everyone.
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I find mine takes a long to get the cabin warm. On Fords, and probly all cars, when you have it selected to defrost the a/c runs. It helps defog the interior faster by taking the moisture out of the air. I don't have a problem with the a/c on in full defrost, but when you have it set right at the mark of floor/defrost, the a/c compressor cycles. I would rather it didn't cycle at that point. I am thinking the cold air is diluting the hot air. I was concidering looking at a heater switch and seeing if I could modify it to turn on the a/c compressor only in full defrost. If I need it at any other time, I can always hit the a/c button.
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Old 11-04-2003, 06:49 AM   #8
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when you have it set right at the mark of floor/defrost, the a/c compressor cycles.
My AC only cycles in the full defrost setting, but not at floor / defrost. My car is a 2000, so may be a little different. For full defrost, I defeat the AC by backing the control off 2 notches- then the AC light goes off but you still have full defrost with heat only.

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