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2000 Neon no heat


zr440
12-09-2007, 06:11 PM
My dodge neon has very low heat. I've tried two different thermostats, replaced the radiator cap, flushed the coolant and heater core, and checked the blend door. None of this has changed anything. The temp gauge runs below the 1/4 mark all the time. Any ideas?

ikeyballz
12-19-2007, 05:30 AM
ok..i think first, you should check:

IS the engine getting hot in the first 10-15 mins...? (hot to touch..gonna burn-type of hot..)

if it is, its gotta be one of two things (that i can think of)

1) your heater core is plugged..and radiator flush didnt fix it.. (it doesnt, sometimes..specially if youre heater wasnt turned on while it was being flushed..)
2) your A/C blower motor is broken.

im leaning towards heater core is partially plugged OR covered...

zr440
12-19-2007, 08:33 AM
I flushed the heater core separate using a hose. The water came through both ways fine. I ended up flushing the radiator by itself and the heat started to work much better. Now it's getting worse again so I am thinking the radiator is getting plugged up.

Josh

ikeyballz
12-19-2007, 05:55 PM
could be.. when you flushed it, did a lot of crap come out? deposits, etc? if it did, a 2nd flush might be good. if anything, dont put any coolant in your engine, let it warm up (not too hot cuz plain water will boil fast!) and then let it cool, then flush, and repeat that a few times,....if all that comes out = water ,then go fill it back up w. coolant and let it run. if that sitll doesnt work, what i noticed in my neon..was that the heater core/coolant core had crap stuck on it.. that prevented airflow..so maybe that could be one..

you DO feel air blowing tho right? just not warm air..

rudesworld
12-28-2007, 12:20 AM
i am running into this exact problem. The neon first was overheating. After changing the thermostat twice and this time using a cooling 185deg and the cap. I had to disconnected all the hoses and remove the supply tubes going to the heater core circuit (had the remove the intake to get to the tubes) The tubes were completely clogged. I used a shop vac and a water hose and flushed out the radiator, heater core, tubes and block each seperately. the shop vac allowed me to flush it both ways. Now after everthing is together it doesn't overheat and stays at the 1/4 mark on the gauge BUT i get little heat. i am going to try to reflush heater core seperatly i think i might by still clogged but not as bad now.

Is there any special instructions on refilling the system as in purging it?

ikeyballz
12-28-2007, 07:25 AM
if youre gonna take the core out, id recomend spending the money for a new core cuz if the inside is coated with gunk youre not gonna be able to take it all off..

Acloskey
01-14-2009, 11:37 PM
Hi. I read this post shortly after I bought my 200 Neon and found that it had little to no heat at all. I changed the thermostat (which was bad), and flushed the cooling system. Still no heat. On a whim, I switched the hoses around on the heater core so that the in and out were reversed. I figured that this would reverse the flow through the core and possibly flush itself out naturally. IT WORKED!!! I now have great heat. I hope this tip helps you.

AC

neongirl
01-26-2013, 07:41 PM
Acloskey, that tip worked wonderfully! My dad fixed my car and now I have heat and better gas mileage!! Thank you so much!

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