Having problems with your 2004 Dodge Stratus ?
2004 dodge stratus,heater blows cold. flushed and filled and replaced thermastatestill blows cold. how do i know for sure if it is the heater core?
If your heater core is leaking substantially, you will be adding coolant on a regular basis. You should also be smelling anti-freeze inside the car (it smells sweet, some have described it like maple syrup) and possibly getting a greasy misting on your windshield when you use defrost. I was told these cars are bad for the heater cores getting plugged, and my own Stratus seems to prove that true.
Remove both heater hoses from motor. Put your garden hose in one end and tape on securely with the other end pointing in a direction the water flow from it will not hit distributor or other vital electronics. Turn on hose - If water come out of heater core at same rate as you are pumping it in then your heater core is flowing - if not then your core is blocked or plugged. Be mindful - if the core is plugged the water will break the seal of the garden hose and heater hose, spraying everywhere, so turn the water on low to check and be ready to shut off quickly!!
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