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Old 12-08-2010, 04:42 PM
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Default 1998 Ram 2500 Heater Problem

I've searched around and found lots of forums talking about "sortof" my issue, so I thought I would post "exactly" my issue and see if any of you "more qualified than me" guys out there could help a brutha out.

I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie. I bought it two years ago, and I've never had "good" heat.

The temp gauge never really gets to good running tempurature. (I'm not sure what the temperature should be but lets put it this way, at 12 oclock high is 210 degrees, My needle stays pointing at 10 oclock all the time. never goes higher.)

Anyway even after an hour in the truck with the heater on the whole time, I get luke warm air coming out of the vents. If i put it on high, I get cold air. I have to leave it on the third setting or I freeze.

I've changed the thermostat, I have the heat checked, and the hoses are hot, but none of the heat is getting in the cab. I've also checked the control doors and it seems their opening just the way they should be.

AC, I get lots of air, and its freezing cold. Heat, nuthin!

So what would cause poor heat?
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:58 PM
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I will move this to the 2nd generation section (1994-2001 Dodge Rams), get you some help.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:35 PM
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I've got the same problem with the heat, haven't replaced the thermostat yet, so I'm interested in seeing what people suggest and what, if anything, works for you.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:48 PM
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Default I've replaced the thermo

Made no difference. Mechanics have used that thermogun and told me that the pipes are hot, and can't tell me why the air coming out of my vents is not. The air is coming out, its "warm" on the third notch, but on high, its luke warm at best.
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Air pocket in the heater core. Par for the course for these trucks. Park your truck at a rather severe angle, with the passenger front being the highest point. Try burping the air out of the cooling system. (DO NOT open the radiator when hot, you get a VERY rude surprise.)

If that doesn't help, flush the heater core. Flush in both directions, ending with backwards. Then, trying to lose as little coolant as possible, hook both heater hoses back up. Makes a WORLD of difference on my truck. (having a friend help you makes this exercise much easier.)
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HeyYou's quicker'n'me today. What he said!

If it's not air in the heater core, you might have a punked blend door. They've been discussed a lot lately so a site search should turn up something useful to confirm or deny that as a possibility.
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I had the same problem.. I went to my local pet store got a low pressure water pump and did my own flush but that wasn't it.. Turned out there is a little ceramic block under the dash on the passaanger side. I for get the name of it but I changed it and wow what heat I have now!! You can call your local advance and they will more then likely know what it is called.

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I've searched around and found lots of forums talking about "sortof" my issue, so I thought I would post "exactly" my issue and see if any of you "more qualified than me" guys out there could help a brutha out.

I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie. I bought it two years ago, and I've never had "good" heat.

The temp gauge never really gets to good running tempurature. (I'm not sure what the temperature should be but lets put it this way, at 12 oclock high is 210 degrees, My needle stays pointing at 10 oclock all the time. never goes higher.)

Anyway even after an hour in the truck with the heater on the whole time, I get luke warm air coming out of the vents. If i put it on high, I get cold air. I have to leave it on the third setting or I freeze.

I've changed the thermostat, I have the heat checked, and the hoses are hot, but none of the heat is getting in the cab. I've also checked the control doors and it seems their opening just the way they should be.

AC, I get lots of air, and its freezing cold. Heat, nuthin!

So what would cause poor heat?
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I would check the blend door again. Last year on my '98 the cable popped off the door and I had no heat at all. If you pull out the glove compartment you can access the door and see. I ran for a while with a vise-grip on the door shaft that sticks out the bottom of the heater box until I could re-attach the cable, but then, I had full heat or no heat , no in between.
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:59 AM
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Maybe try this approach?
Core Flush

I would suggest using a coupler and connecting an additional couple of feet of hose to run your outlet to a bucket instead of a jug next to your face. sheesh.

Also, when I was finished there was still a slight gurgle in the cab. Romped on it pretty good and the gurgle went a way...has not come back...and have heat.

Had the same issue...luke warm air at low and med low, cold any speeds higher. It really sucks after standing in a cold river chasing steelheads and your unable to warm your frozen toes afterwards...ya know?
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I had the same problem.. I went to my local pet store got a low pressure water pump and did my own flush but that wasn't it.. Turned out there is a little ceramic block under the dash on the passaanger side. I for get the name of it but I changed it and wow what heat I have now!! You can call your local advance and they will more then likely know what it is called.
i have never heard of this......... has anybody else
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If the blower motor is working, then the ceramic piece(blower motor resistor) is not the problem.
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Wonder if i can access the blend door on my 96 through the glove box... But for the original op... I have a 96 ram and I have flushed and back flushed the system atleast 3 times, changed the t-stat twice, replaced all the hoses and burped the air out. All my hoses feel hot now, except I still do not have heat, so that would mean its my blendd door(kinda sounds like your t-stat may be stuck even though its new..). If you replace your tstat and do what ive done above(hopefully only once!!!) My next guess would be your blend door, or blend door actuator. ...Gotta love these dodges!!! Plenums in the summer, trannys in the fall, blend doors in the winter and cracked dashs in the spring!!
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If the blower motor is working, then the ceramic piece(blower motor resistor) is not the problem.

Maybe he needs a dickfer?
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My Blower motor was working and I did all the same things that they did ... Just saying that its what fixed mine... It might be somthing to look at... simple cheap and takes away one more thing that can be wrong..
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i bought the part last night didn't fix anything............. this sucks
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I am in the same boat as you and offroadjosh. I have replaced almost every part and tired every gimmic with zero improvemet. The only two remaining parts for me are the blend door and the heatr core.

Logic points to the heater core and not the blend door. If it were the door then you should get the same amount of low heat when you increase the fan speed, not a drop in temp. That sounds like your heater core isn't getting hot enough or not trapping enough heat from the coolant as i flows through the core. But after all, it is a dodge so there is very little logic here.
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I have replaced everthing but a the water pump and taken the freeze plugs out of the block............
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I have replaced everthing but a the water pump and taken the freeze plugs out of the block............
So you replaced the heater core?
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Any pressure being used when flushing? I wouldn't think a little trickle one direction and then the other would accomplish much. If stuff started to calcify or sludge it's not going to wash out without some force.

I read posts about "not using a lot of pressure", but I'm thinking that was more for a completely clogged unit. Never got any heat from using a low pressure flush. I used 90psi from the compressor to blow out all the water each time I filled the core before I was able to get any heat. (Repeated until I saw no gunk dripping out of the discharge hose)

It's not like the core is made out of paper, besides, if you haven't replaced the core and it's your last item on the list of heating issues, and the core ruptures, you didn't have heat any how.
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+1, I also used CLR on my 98 without any problems. Let it soak for 30 minutes in the core and flush it out both ways real good.
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