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Old 02-01-2013, 12:26 PM   #11
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Welp, time for a visit back to where I bought the car. I drove the car for 20 minutes, with the air on full red/4. By the time I got to work, the "heat" wasn't even warm enough to cause the slightest bit of discomfort to my face (which I placed AGAINST the vent). Something is definitely wonky.
Wasn't it only 10 degrees there this morning? A week ago it was -4*F in Milwaukee and after 10 minutes/3 miles my needle JUST started leave the C in the dash thermostat. I think this car just doesn't heat up quickly - at least not until I hit highway speeds for a minute or two.

But it does eventually get hot - so maybe there is something wrong with your car.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:20 PM   #12
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I went ahead and scheduled my car to be looked at for a few issues, but you might raise a good point about the highway.

It has been cold here, and I never get on the highway to get to work...only stop and go traffic for about 7 miles. I specifically remember the focus being much warmer when I was on the highway for a trip the other day, so I will intentionally take it on the highway this weekend and see if that makes any difference.

I am not opposed to giving a car time to warm up, but I am not sure what good it does me if it takes it longer to heat up than I will be in the car. Normally 30 minutes is about as long as I am ever in any car I drive (most of the places I go are really close to me). Maybe my old car spoiled me? Normally within 8 minutes of turning her on she was pushing out fire.

In any case, it can't hurt to have it looked at with the other "agenda" items on Tuesday.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #13
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I went ahead and scheduled my car to be looked at for a few issues, but you might raise a good point about the highway.

It has been cold here, and I never get on the highway to get to work...only stop and go traffic for about 7 miles. I specifically remember the focus being much warmer when I was on the highway for a trip the other day, so I will intentionally take it on the highway this weekend and see if that makes any difference.

I am not opposed to giving a car time to warm up, but I am not sure what good it does me if it takes it longer to heat up than I will be in the car. Normally 30 minutes is about as long as I am ever in any car I drive (most of the places I go are really close to me). Maybe my old car spoiled me? Normally within 8 minutes of turning her on she was pushing out fire.

In any case, it can't hurt to have it looked at with the other "agenda" items on Tuesday.
Out of curiosity, how is your coolant level?
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:56 PM   #14
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I have no clue. I just got the car on the 24th, so I would hope that the level should be good since it came from Carmax. If there is a way to check the level though, I will try to look and see (sorry, I am not really a car guy...for all I know there is just a clear jug somewhere under the hood that is easy enough to check) :P
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On the passengers side. Can't miss it. Should have a don't open when hot warning on the cap.
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There is a clear-ish white container that I think is the one you mean. It has a brown-ish purple-ish fluid in there. The fluid is below the max arrow, and above the min line.
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This should be what you are looking at? Should be between min and max.

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Yup, that is the one. The fluid looked like it was at a good level. Above min and below max.
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There is a clear-ish white container that I think is the one you mean. It has a brown-ish purple-ish fluid in there. The fluid is below the max arrow, and above the min line.
You're good there then, the problem lies elsewhere. Have you tried cycling the temperature knob all the way to cold then back all the way to hot?
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I did cycle the knob all the way to cold and all the way back. No discernible difference was noticed.
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