Why Won’t Your Vehicle Get Warm?

Does your trusty ride seem to be taking, like, forever to heat up on cold days? Is it harder than usual to de-fog the windshield? Are you shivering through your wintertime commute? you’re probably not alone. It could be a mistake your making! When you turn on the heat in your ride, a variety of processes kick into place to transfer heat from the engine coolant into the cabin, warming those inside. Thing is, in extreme cold, cranking the heat the instant you start a cold engine can slow the rate at which that engine heats up, meaning it’ll likely take longer before the engine actually generates enough heat to get the cockpit nice and toasty. After all, turning on your vehicles heat effectively helps cool its engine. And if the engine is trying to heat up, while you’re cooling it down, it won’t heat up as quickly. It’s like walking up a “down” escalator. Another possible cause of poor heater performance is a blockage of the climate control air intake system. Typically, air is sucked into your ride’s cabin through a vent in the area between your windshield and hood, make sure that area is clear of ice and snow……Ed

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Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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