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    97 dakota and the heater wont work

    My fiance drives a 97 dakota v6 and I have done almost everything I can think of to get her heater to work. Here is a little background, she goes and warms it up about 30 mins. before work and the heater still blows cold. So far I have replaced the water pump (it was bad anyways), the thermostat and corresponding gasket, and I replaced the radiator cap. What am I missing that could make her heater not work. Please help and thanks again.
    By the way my name is Ryan, I bought the truck for my fiance, Im ready to start modifying it for her, just dont know where to start, I myself drive a 93 acura integra but I wont delve into that because most mopar guys are fond of us import guys, but Im def. a mopar fan.

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    Well there arent many Mopar guys around here unfortunately...prettymuch just me LOL! Oh yeah and Im not a guy either haha....

    Anyway, good to have ya Ryan! Welcome to TF! Im in the process of doing a few mods on my Mopar as well

    I was going to suggest therm on your Dak but you've already tried that one lol....
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    well most truck people in general I have found arent to fond of domestics, I really just want to get her heater working cause i dont want my baby freezing

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    Might seem like a silly question, but hows the radiator overflow tank. Any fluid in it? What does the temp guage read? Since you replaced the pump it is possable that the block is air bound. Can you see fluid flow through the radiator with the cap off? Or it could be the damper cable for the heat control went. I had a 96 dak and did not have any heat problems. Just throwing ideas out there.
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    i was thinkin heater core... just an idea
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    yeah im thinking I will replace the heater core next, I can see fluid, everything is topped off, it doesnt seem to be loosing any fluid. Im thinking maybe its blocked somewhere, I bought it for her in march, so she hasnt really used the heater until just recently and we are just finding out that something is wrong. Im hoping the heater core is the problem, cause it blows air, its just not hot.

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    Yeah try heater core, had to replace one of those in a 93 escort, now THAT was a job. lol
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    I don't think it is the heater core. I would check any cable and or vacuum controls under the dash to make sure the flapper door is opening 1st.
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    does it have vaccum lines in there, i thought they stopped that, well i called around and I had one radiator place tell me to replace the core would be a job, that i could bring it in and he would flush it and check it and that would be just as good, and its about 50 bucks cheaper and requires me to do nothing, cause the heater core was around 70 i think

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    I don't know if it has vacuum lines or not. Not to keen on dodges. Just a place to start though
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