Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18
  1. #1
    Pro
    Points: 57,129, Level: 74
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,421
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jtdoyle1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    2,329
    Points
    57,129
    Level
    74
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 217
    Given: 24

    Car Heater Question

    I drive a 2004 Toyota Camry, and I just noticed that when I am stopped/idling that the heater is blowing cold air but when I start driving again it blows hot air as it should. I'm not sure how long this has been going on because I don't sit around idling very often. Any ideas? Thanks



  2. #2
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 64,834, Level: 78
    Level completed: 99%, Points required for next Level: 16
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Cyclonesrule91's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Waukee
    Posts
    4,975
    Points
    64,834
    Level
    78
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 29
    Given: 167

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Check the level of antifreeze in your radiator first thing. It might be low enough that it isn't pumped through your heater core. I would bet that is your issue.

    P.S. - check it by looking at your overflow tank to make sure it is up to the cold level if antifreeze is cold and up to the hot line if the antifreeze is hot. DO NOT take the radiator cap off when you have a car that is hot(not stolen).

    If that is fine then I would guess it would be either your thermostat stuck open or water pump starting to go bad.


    Last edited by Cyclonesrule91; 01-22-2013 at 04:38 PM.

  3. #3
    Starter
    Points: 13,954, Level: 35
    Level completed: 87%, Points required for next Level: 96
    Overall activity: 27.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    JWIL4CY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Urbandale
    Posts
    914
    Points
    13,954
    Level
    35
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 146
    Given: 42

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Check your coolant level. I've heard of that happening when coolant gets low or sometimes if it has air bubbles in it.



  4. #4
    Starter
    Points: 27,703, Level: 51
    Level completed: 14%, Points required for next Level: 947
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    MartyMcCy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    609
    Points
    27,703
    Level
    51
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 82
    Given: 86

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Edit: What they said. ^^^



  5. #5
    Pro
    Points: 57,129, Level: 74
    Level completed: 6%, Points required for next Level: 1,421
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jtdoyle1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    2,329
    Points
    57,129
    Level
    74
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 217
    Given: 24

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Thanks guys. ^This is what I'm finding too so I will start with the coolant and see what happens.



  6. #6
    Rookie
    Points: 4,759, Level: 20
    Level completed: 28%, Points required for next Level: 291
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    1000 Experience PointsVeteran
    JSmoove's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    2611 Helser, Louden
    Posts
    393
    Points
    4,759
    Level
    20
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 61
    Given: 95

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Check the level of antifreeze in your radiator first thing. It might be low enough that it isn't pumped through your heater core. I would bet that is your issue.

    P.S. - check it by looking at your overflow tank to make sure it is up to the cold level if antifreeze is cold and up to the hot line if the antifreeze is hot. DO NOT take the radiator cap off when you have a car that is hot(not stolen).

    If that is fine then I would guess it would be either your thermostat stuck open or water pump starting to go bad.
    My guess would be this if your coolant level comes out ok.



  7. #7
    Addict
    Points: 61,960, Level: 77
    Level completed: 20%, Points required for next Level: 1,290
    Overall activity: 15.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    CyCloned's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Robins, Iowa
    Posts
    5,286
    Points
    61,960
    Level
    77
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 367
    Given: 165

    Re: Car Heater Question

    I would bet it is the coolant level, a bad thermostat probably would not give you heat when you started moving again. It could also be that your heater core is corroded.



  8. #8
    Pro
    Points: 88,081, Level: 92
    Level completed: 34%, Points required for next Level: 1,269
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    VTXCyRyD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,436
    Points
    88,081
    Level
    92
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 244
    Given: 122

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Did you put heater grease on the core before winter? I would follow up with your mechanic and check.








    Probably low coolant.



  9. #9
    Pro
    Points: 62,794, Level: 77
    Level completed: 72%, Points required for next Level: 456
    Overall activity: 19.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Acylum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Parts Unknown
    Posts
    2,689
    Points
    62,794
    Level
    77
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 463
    Given: 1,280

    Re: Car Heater Question

    I agree that the problem is probably low coolant level. If you've never had the cooling system serviced it may not be a bad sign. If you have recently though you may have something serious going on.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

  10. #10
    Walk On
    Points: 8,763, Level: 28
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 587
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    L A (Lovely Ames)
    Posts
    195
    Points
    8,763
    Level
    28
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 22
    Given: 285

    Unhappy Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    Did you put heater grease on the core before winter? I would follow up with your mechanic and check.








    Probably low coolant.
    Someone comes on here asking for help and you come back with a S/A answer. Stay classy man. There may be some subject that you are not an expert on and will need advise. Hope karma bitesyou in the butt.



  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 172,936, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Stewo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Ankeny
    Posts
    7,425
    Points
    172,936
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 521
    Given: 140

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Statsman515 View Post
    Someone comes on here asking for help and you come back with a S/A answer. Stay classy man. There may be some subject that you are not an expert on and will need advise. Hope karma bitesyou in the butt.
    Easy there big fella. He already had his answer.



  12. #12
    All-Star
    Points: 33,267, Level: 56
    Level completed: 19%, Points required for next Level: 983
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    Agclone91's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Carroll
    Posts
    1,992
    Points
    33,267
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 154
    Given: 113

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    Did you put heater grease on the core before winter? I would follow up with your mechanic and check.
    Along those lines, I have actually gotten a couple of girls to believe me that they needed to check their "blinker fluid" on a regular basis otherwise their turn signals won't work.



  13. #13
    Pro
    Points: 88,081, Level: 92
    Level completed: 34%, Points required for next Level: 1,269
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    VTXCyRyD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,436
    Points
    88,081
    Level
    92
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 244
    Given: 122

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Statsman515 View Post
    Someone comes on here asking for help and you come back with a S/A answer. Stay classy man. There may be some subject that you are not an expert on and will need advise. Hope karma bitesyou in the butt.
    Easy there hot shot. If you couldn't tell that was sarcasm maybe you missed the "Probably low coolant" at the end of the message.

    I keep forgetting the jimlad was made for people like you.



  14. #14
    Addict
    Points: 160,659, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    theantiAIRBHG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Hiawatha, IA
    Posts
    8,829
    Points
    160,659
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,411
    Given: 1,281

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Statsman515 View Post
    Someone comes on here asking for help and you come back with a S/A answer. Stay classy man. There may be some subject that you are not an expert on and will need advise. Hope karma bitesyou in the butt.
    Hehehehehehehehehe.



    Follow me on Twitter: @theantiAIRBHG

  15. #15
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 91,747, Level: 94
    Level completed: 27%, Points required for next Level: 1,403
    Overall activity: 62.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    CarlHungus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Ankeny
    Posts
    4,337
    Points
    91,747
    Level
    94
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,001
    Given: 625

    Re: Car Heater Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Statsman515 View Post
    Someone comes on here asking for help and you come back with a S/A answer. Stay classy man. There may be some subject that you are not an expert on and will need advise. Hope karma bitesyou in the butt.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Iowa State @ Kansas State
  • February 28, 2015
  • 03:00 PM