Prado 120 - Heating

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 21:39
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I have finally needed to use the heating on the prado and it takes for ever too warm up.

I have tried every combination - high speed fan, recirculating the air but it seems to take ages. After 60mins I don't think it is anywhere near as warm as it should be.

Does this happen to anyone else.
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 22:38

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 22:38
G'day,

Do you have the diesel or the V6??? 60 minutes??? If I don't have hot air in my current car with 2 minutes there is something wrong.

Steven
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Reply By: Davoe - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:34

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:34
the heater in my valiant wouldnt work and it wasnt till years later i discovered the thermostat had been removed. My point is a modern car will reach operating temp (water) within less than 10min which should run your heater maybe a stuffed thermostat?
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 14:54

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 14:54
Sorry not that informative - to check, start your playdoe up when stone cold and remove the radiator cap (dont wait until it has built up pressure) the coolant should be still as the thermostat shouldnt be open if it is curculating accross the top of the radiator = stuffed thermostat
also when you are driving off the temp gauge should start moving within 5-10 min of normal driving and when it starts moving it should quickly (within 1-3 min) move to around the 1/2 way point of the gauge and stay there. I have no knowledge of playdoes but all the work 4bys I have driven and other vehicles have operated in a simular manor to what I have described
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Reply By: NathanK - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:47

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:47
my discovery used to be so quick to get hot air into the cabin. then i got the radiator cored and rodded (70% blocked) and now it takes almost 5-10mins to get hot air! the damn radiator is so big and thick it takes a while to heat up.

but i thank that radiator when churning thru soft sand up and down dunes on 35-40deg days with the air-con on!!! :)
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Reply By: Joe - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:25

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 12:25
I used heater on my 120 for first time last week and it operated within 2 min effectively.
However I did note that the distriburion options were very unequal on most settings, ie heat down to feet/floor was delivered in far larger volume to the passanger side than drivers.
Regards
Joe
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Reply By: Adelaidetaff - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 19:47

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2004 at 19:47
Thanks for all the replies.

The playdoe is going to the dealer after the long weekend for its 10,000 service so hopefully it will be fixed
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