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Old 02-08-2014
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heater acting screwy

Here is my question/problem;
I have a 1997 Ford ranger 4x4 3-liter automatic now with 71,000 original miles. Ive had the trucks for about three months, put about 2,000 miles on it and the temperature gauge has always registered a little above the C but the heater but blows hot air. I thought that the thermo was stuck open so I flushed the cooling system and changed the thermo and there was no change.

Today when I was driving the truck my heater stopped blowing hot air, started blowing cold air and the temperature gauge rose to the normal temperature range (halfway between the C and halfway mark). Then it started blowing hot air again and the temperature dropped down to the C.
I understand why a malfunctioning heater valve would affect the heater air temperature but not why a malfunctioning heater valve would make the engine reach the correct operating temperature.
Now I am not sure what is going on and would like to bounce it off the forum members.

Any suggestions?

Dave
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You had air in the system.
Heater hoses are high spots, if there is any air in the system it will make its way to the high points, if there is enough air it will block the flow to heater core, so it goes cold.
Changing engine RPMs can push out the air block, so heater comes back.

When you refill a cooling system you should remove 1 heater hose at the firewall, this will let the air out as you refill the system, when coolant starts coming out of core and the hose, reconnect them, the little air that's left will be purged into overflow tank at the next heat up of the engine.
Make sure overflow tank is never dry, and its hose to rad is not leaking, if this system has air in it it will be sucked into the rad next time engine cools down.

It reads like your temp gauge or it's 1 wire sending unit is off, because it is cheap I would replace the sending unit, there will be two that look similar, the 1 wire unit is for the gauge.
The 2 wire unit is for the computer.

Never use sealing tape on a 1 wire sender, it's threads need good contact with the engine, these are ground/resistance senders.
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Thanks. Too friggin cold to do anything right now, hopefully It will be warmer this weekend to work on it.

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