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sebling02
post Jan 15 2007, 07:51 PM
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hey all, heres the deal, when i go to use my heat it takes forever to heat up and while i drive i can feel hot heat coming out of the vents, but when i stop the heat turns cold until i go agian. also can smell coolant sometimes when i park and i have to add fluid here and there and its not much my 1 qt every two mounths. not sure if its a thermastat problem or leak somewhere like avaccum or bad heater core.. i onlty have 65,000 miles on 2002 any one else had this before?
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post Jan 15 2007, 08:28 PM
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Hrm. Does the coolant smell come through the vents? If so, it sounds like your heater core may be going bad. Its a BITCH to get to though, ask JJ (fatboyinfl).
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post Jan 15 2007, 08:33 PM
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no just can smell it from front of the car..
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post Jan 15 2007, 10:04 PM
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OHH SNAP (IMG:http://www.2gstratus.org/forums/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)

From the front of the car is defiantly a good chance at the heater core.

The heater core comes in right where you see my hand reaching
(IMG:http://nationalhorsepower.com/forum/uploads/1166634463/med_gallery_1_45_1322977.jpg)

Then it's mounted in the HVAC Control
Heres the diagram (part 12)
http://nationalhorsepower.com/forum/index....ype=post&id=111

The heater core is $170 at autozone.

Heres where the heater core is when the dash is out (the silver pipe is connected to it)-
(IMG:http://jamesg.net/misc_stuff/message_boards/all_boards/06_Dec/stratus_leak_3/_MG_6474.jpg)

And heres what you have to take out to get to it (plus the center console has to come out)
(IMG:http://jamesg.net/misc_stuff/message_boards/all_boards/06_Dec/stratus_leak_3/_MG_6472.jpg)


Pull the carpet and see if you can feel engine coolant that has leaked down there (normally drivers side). If so have the core tested by Dodge (<$100) and if it's the problem decide if you want to bypass your heater, or pay $1000+ to have Dodge fix it.
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post Jan 15 2007, 11:02 PM
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holy crap.... i hope its something stupid, i don't notice any wetness on carpet or smell in side car. just up front kinda or side of car..
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post Jan 16 2007, 05:43 AM
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QUOTE (sebling02 @ Jan 16 2007, 03:02 AM)
holy crap.... i hope its something stupid, i don't notice any wetness on carpet or smell in side car. just up front kinda or side of car..
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If it's from the engine bay I would just trace the hoses and see where the leak is coming from. Shouldn't be too difficult.
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post Jan 30 2007, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE (sebling02 @ Jan 15 2007, 08:51 PM)
I'm having the same problem, only I don't need to add any coolant, or smell any. It works fine if your moving, but as soon as you stop it gets cold. Let me know if you figure it out








hey all, heres the deal, when i go to use my heat it takes forever to heat up and while i drive i can feel hot heat coming out of the vents, but when i stop the heat turns cold until i go agian. also can smell coolant sometimes when i park and i have to add fluid here and there and its not much my 1 qt every two mounths. not sure if its a thermastat problem or leak somewhere like avaccum or bad heater core.. i onlty have 65,000 miles on 2002 any one else had this before?
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post Jan 30 2007, 06:03 PM
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QUOTE (fatboyinfl @ Jan 16 2007, 02:04 AM)
...  If so have the core tested by Dodge (<$100) and if it's the problem decide if you want to bypass your heater, or pay $1000+ to have Dodge fix it.
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I knew I should have picked up that brand new in the box one on ebay for $50 (this was like a year ago). (IMG:http://www.2gstratus.org/forums/style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)
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post Jan 30 2007, 06:04 PM
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i just had the same problem just had the heater core flushed and all is good now.
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post Jan 15 2009, 06:57 AM
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I had the EXACT same problem on my '01 R/T. It turned out to be a bad/loose coolant hose clamp that wasn't allowing enough pressure to build up when idle to produce adequate heat. When idle it would blow cool. When at 2,000 or 3,000 RPMs it would blow warm. Very annoying. Turns out it was only about a $20 fix through the shop. Before getting this fixed I also noticed that it would take much longer than usual for the air to start blowing warm even after the car had completely warmed up. Then all of a sudden you'd see the motor temp jump from 50% to roughly 75% and return back to 50% - the air would immediately start blowing warm at that point. That was always a positive indication that the heat was about to start blowing warm. The shop told me that this was being caused by an air bubble in the coolant system. Another indication I noticed during the summer is that my radiator fan was running much more frequent than usual. I dealt with this all last winter before taking it into the shop this year - only to find out that it was only a $20 fix. If I'd known that I would have gotten it taken care of a long time ago. Anyway, hope this can be of some help to anyone else out there with the same issue.
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