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Heater problem.

Hi all

I have a problem with my heater - It doesn't heat...

It's a 96' 2.0 16v, with standard heater no aircon. no nothing..

I have the water tank filled up.
The engine does get warm.
The fan in the heating system is working fine.
I had the thermostat (is this the right word) replaced 2 mounth ago when i got the new engine.

I have in fact a cable in the engine bay not conected to anything - its running together with a lot of others past the expansion tank (cooler water) and goes down past the cooler and just hangs there - i wonder if its for a car with aircon ?? but it could be something else.

A friend of mine told me to flush out the system the reverse way - well easier said than done - im not what you would call a mechanic... I know where the engine is and i can find most of the wheels...

Plz help

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it sounds to me like the lever to the heater tap has broken..if you remove the glove box you can see the tap and if you move the heater controls you should see it moving.
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I think jimybob might be right. I had a similar problem recently. one of the plastic things that holds in place the outer casing of the heater cable was broken. because the little plastic thing was broken the heater knob did not move the inner cable, which is attached to a lever on the heater (which is inside the car btw). i accessed the cable without taking off the glove box though. i went directly from the front: removed the ashtray, unscrewed several screws holding the small clock panel and the other plastic things covering the heater control. it was a bit difficult seeing things and working in such limited space, but i managed to fix the problem by making a little steel holder of my own.
I'm not a mechanic, but it took me only about 3 hours to figure out how to unassemble things and then put them back together.
if you decide not to do it yourself, at least you now know where the problem might be. for a start try to decide whether the feel when turning the heater temp dial is not somewhat different from what it used to be (either too stiff, or too loose). if so, it has to be cable holder.
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