(in lieu of starting a new thread)
I start reading about what people are encountering. We all know about the common issues: plenum, O2 sensor, clogged cat, various other sensors, and heater core.
Well the last one just hit me...sort of and maybe garner some lols since this involves a Stealership.
Driving to work this am, decided to use the heater and typically I get some good warmth the last 5 mins of the drive. Well, it ran cold the entire time. I was like...hmmmm, that's different. Additionally, the temp gauge seemed to be reading lower than nominal, i.e., around 180* by my eye. I get on here to take a look at similar symptoms and I don't find any. Not the typical, leak on the passenger side or what have you.
So, I had to take in for oil/filter change anyways b/c I bought a package deal on those. Asked them to take a look at what the deal was with the heater.
1. Assume a wrong thermostat (i.e., lower rating). I debunked this immediately b/c the tstat was replaced 4 years ago for dead water pump.
Cost P+L = $229 + diagnostic fee
2. Heater Core Plugged/restricted
Cost P+L = $1300, gave me the heads up about my broken dash too. lol
3. Front timing cover shows coolant leakage. (Yes I knew that) Idea being low coolant. So I asked well was the coolant level checked...to see if any was indeed needed? Answer: Coolant level was fine, therefore this is ruled out as a plausible source.
Tech rattled off notes from the mechanic ---
1. Took awhile to get heat to come out. On the order of 20 minutes.
2. 180* read @2500 rpm
3. 130* temp read at heater output (low end), target is 150-155*
4. No codes were thrown
So there is my latest viral experience related to the heater. Any comments/feedback is appreciated.
One thing I failed to ask on the phone was what kind of checking of the vacuum lines, check valves was done. (Edit: blend door and others all checked out w/o problems)
Thanks in advance for your time to edumacate me.