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1/03/2002
05:21:58

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Hello, I just bought my first dodge dakota it is a 97 ran great till i got it home then it started to misfire took it back to the dodge dealership and they pulled up a tsb on the sparkplug wires about crossfire ignition. they replaces the wires cap and roter and it runs great. the only problem is that not i have lost the heat from the heater. the truck has a V6 and dose not lose any coolent and the fan blows and i only have heat when arround 2000 rpm's the cooling system holds preshure had it checked every thing came back ok ne1 else have this problem and is there any fixes maby the theromostat, also it takes a long time for it to get up to operating temp.



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1/03/2002
07:10:45

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Here Is What I Could Find On Line There IS A TSB On My Problem anyone have access to tsb's


240497 APR 97 Heater - Low Performance



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1/03/2002
15:05:27

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I also have a 97 Dakota and the heater is not
working very good. It just started doing this
around 74,000 miles. Blower works fine, but
the air is luke warm. I ordered a Chilton repair
manual so maybe I can fix this myself. Hope
its not the heater core!



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1/15/2002
13:36:14

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I have the same problem, 80,000 miles and the heat
never was that good, but now it trickes out only when the fan is on low. When the fan is high it comes out cold. changed the thermostat little impovemnent. My mechanic said it is a bad heater core, i priced it out from the dealer 195$. I have not been able to see what the tsb for poor heater perfomance says. If any one has it please post. I also read something about reversing the hoses to the heater core to force out whaterver may be pluging up the heater core.



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1/15/2002
13:49:35

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It might be as simple as a fuse.



Ryan
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1/16/2002
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Last year when I got my '93 Dakota I had a bad heater core Murrays Auto Parts in Redford, Mi had it instock, for 29.99.

Install was a small pain, make sure that you disconnect all heater control cables from the mix door, as well as all vacuume lines (if it applies to later vehicals) Also if you have A/C you likely will have to have the system reclaimed, due to the fact that the Evaporator core is also in the mix box, and then the system recharged. This is still a lot cheeper than the alternitive

-Ryan '93 Dakota 2wd





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2/06/2002
13:58:32

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Ok I replaced mt thermostat temp looks good and every thing the thermostat seemed a little flaky on the boil test. well i still have heat only when im up to arround 2000 rpm's will it blow hot then when the rpm's go down it blows cold need help please respond



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2/06/2002
13:59:25

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Also The Fan Blows Just Fine



JP in STL
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2/06/2002
16:24:43

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Are you sure that it's not vacuum related?? On
my '96 the heater vent outputs are controlled
by a vacuum motor. I had some minor service
done and when it came back it would blow out
the floor output when you tromped on the gas.
I checked the hoses, and the vacuums were
flip flopped on the canister under the hood.
Maybe one of your hoses came loose and it's
a similar situation??

Good Luck

John Pinnell
'96 Dakota Sport
St. Louis, MO



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2/06/2002
18:12:52

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That is an idea ill look at that



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2/13/2002
10:18:04

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Northwest....i have the same problem....no heat unless i have high engine rpm....cruise gets you luke warm heat....both hoses out of heater core are hot....did you get a diagnosis yet???



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2/13/2002
10:38:03

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No They Cannot Find Out What Is Wrong With It and at $70.00 an hour idd rather live with out heat they have spent 5 hours on this.

1 it was a clogged heater core (replaced)
2 it was the theromostat (Replaced)
3 it was the airconditioning condencer (replaced)
4 not vac related

got tired of dumping money in this truck i think im going to trade it in for a ford hate to get rid of it the truck runs good other than no heat




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2/14/2002
10:00:37

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i find it hard to believe that we are the only two dakota's with this problem...have you tried the zone manager? if there is such a person...i am just trying to save $500.00 on a heater core i probably don't need and get some good heat like i used to have..



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2/14/2002
10:57:50

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I had a problem just last weekend... I turned up the knob for the fan, and u can hear the motor for it get louder like its supposed to but the air comin out of any vent (floor, Vent, defrost) was not coming out strong at all... the air comin out acted as though if i had it set to the low setting even thow the fan was blasting... Weird... Then is worked again couple of days later and havent been in it since (Im oin college, not much driving)



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2/14/2002
11:39:13

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Tony thats not my problem the fan works great just no heat



Tony
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2/14/2002
17:56:52

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Yea, but i need to know what the hell is goin on with mine! lol i think its the fan bearings maybe or the flaps are stuck...



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2/14/2002
20:50:50

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northwest....do you think after all that it could be something as simple as a radiator cap? going to the dealer again tommorrow holding no hope for a solution.



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2/28/2002
23:34:52

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It is now the end of February and I was wondering if anybody had found the solution to this problem. I purchased a 97 Dak last week, and I have the same problem. Any ideas would be appreciated.



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3/01/2002
04:32:32

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Hello, Nope Nothing, Still Living With No Heater They Still Cannot Find out What Is Wrong With It As Soon As The Title Gets Here im trading The Thing In On A Ford. Maby A Brand New Ram Or Dakota Not To Sure Yet.



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3/03/2002
01:03:46

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Guys, same problem here. Reverse flush the heater core and see what you get !



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3/03/2002
02:27:26

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Already Have Had That Done Long Time Ago One Of The First Things I Had Done



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3/13/2002
02:29:49

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i have a 96 and my heater would only blow on low, it was a module on the passegerside in the engine compartment on the firewall, where your wiring harness plugs in for your heater , look at that a little wire in there was broke. part cost about
$8.00




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3/13/2002
04:57:20

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Man People Dont Know How To Read The Heater Blower Works Great, Just No Heat And Their Is Coolent Circulating Through The Heater Core.



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3/13/2002
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What about the valve that diverts coolant to the heater core itself? Is it opening completly when the heat is turned on? Remember, everything heat related is driven off your water pump moving coolant around, so at lower RPMs maybe the coolant system pressure drops to the point where it isn't moving enough into the heater core. I'd get that valve checked to see if it's flowing right at idle. :0)



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3/14/2002
22:49:41

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I talked to a dealer service manager today, And he told me that if everything else is working fine,(coolant level,theromostat,heater core,fan motor,etc.) that maybe the computer needs to be reset. He said that it controls the door panels that access the heater core and air conditioning coil. Does this sound right? I guess I'll give it a try. At this point,it doesn't matter. It's almost spring time around here so I shouldn't need the heater anyway.



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3/14/2002
23:15:34

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My 97 Dak r/c Long box has barely any heat either.. its very luke warm if any..
but anyways its only gonna be a summer truck from now on :)



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7/08/2002
04:03:52

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my '98 dakota has this same problem. I know its not winter yet but i would love to fix this problem asap please help



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7/08/2002
22:01:52

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Still no cure for the heater problem. I've given up till fall when things get alittle cooler. I may try the 'computer reset thing' the service manager suggested ,if it's not going to cost too much.



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7/08/2002
22:17:05

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Do it yourself.....can't you just diconnect your positive battery terminal and turn your ignition to the on posistion for 20 seconds? I have reset my computer many times.




rich
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7/09/2002
15:29:05

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by the way its $65.00 for the reset



Hoagie
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7/09/2002
21:42:39

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That's the reset? I'll give it a try. Let you know if it works. It's been so hot around here, I may not be able to tell the difference.



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