Heater not blowing hot air- I fixed my problem today
Low on coolant, or plugged up heater core, or bad water pump. If u can drive the car a good distance and it doesn't over heat...I would go with low coolant or bad heater core.
Below is my problem and how I fixed it.
Problem with 2002 focus. Heater blows only cool air. The flipper in the heat/cool dial works with no problem and there is no suspected problem with the thermostat (as I replaced it last year).
Fix. turn your car on, let it run for about 10 minutes to heat up. Then, locate the heater core hoses going into the cabin (they are black hoses right next to each other). If you don't know where they're located, here's a brief description. One of the hoses leads from the top of the radiator to the cabin past the thermostat housing into a connection at the cabin wall (then into the heater core). the other hose goes from the thermostat housing to the cabin into a connection at the cabin wall (then into the heater core). the hoses are one on top of the other at the cabin wall close to the center of the wall in the lower portion of the wall. They are black and about an 1 OD. They are a little difficult to reach, but definitely reachable unless you have a very large arm.
After the car heats, feel both hoses at the cabin wall. If both hoses are hot, that means the coolant is properly circulating and the heater core is not the problem. If only one or neither hoses is hot, then you have a blockage which needs to be cleared.
One of my hoses was noticeably cooler than the other. So I figured that was the problem. I disconnected the top black hose (which was the cooler hose) at the cabin wall with some pliers by pulling back the hose clamp, which is the most difficult part of the job. I then disconnected on end of the other hose, although not at the cabin wall because I couldn't easily reach the clamp holding the hose. I traced the hose away from the cabin wall and noticed it had a connector close to the thermostat (on the cabin wall side of the thermostat, not at the radiator) which allowed me to disconnect it at that point (by loosing the clamp). I then forced water into the connection at the cabin wall with a water hose. At first, the water didn't want to go in very easily. After 30 seconds or so it got easier and it was apparent the clog was cleared (at least a good part of it). I then reverse forced water at the other end, connected everything back. I had to put in about a 1/2 gallon of antifreeze that had drained out when the hoses were unhooked. I started the car up. At first, I was disappointed because the air was still cool even though the temp gauge was at operating temperature. So I revved it up to about 2800 rpm and wala, the heat was hot. Pretty Sweet. I haven't test driven it yet, but think its fixed.
On a somewhat different note, about a year ago, I replaced my radiator, waterpump and thermostat because my temp gauge would go up almost to the red. I had a shop do the work and after all that work, it still would read near the red on drives longer than 30 minutes or so (but not all the time). The mechanice told me he was sure it was a temp gauge problem-computer sensor issue.
However, I'm hoping it may have just been due to this clogged heater core. We'll see.
Thanks to focus fanatic's I've saved a ton of money on fixing it myself. (with 3 different fixes).