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TC heater SUCKS..drive for 10 mins and still not good enough
Today, i realized how much the heater sucks... Im in NJ and today's temps in the morning was 23 F.....I turn on the car and leave it to warm up for about 5-6 mins.. with the heater almost full blast and with the **** all the way to heat...I come back to leave and its OK in there. So I put it FULL BLAST to drive and now I'm on the highway to go to work. And you know since your driving, it should get heated up more... it did just a little. But i was driving with FULL Blast heater and it still was not what it should be. My 88 maxima is hotter at only number 2..I have a feeling I'm gonna be driving cold in the winters now
What is going on? Is this how TC's heaters are??Or is my heating system bad?
I've also noticed that my heater just isn't keeping up in the cold weather. It seems like it cycles between blowing hot air and blowing luke warm air even when the car has been on the road for 15 minutes (notice this the most if the mode is set to "feet" vents). I'm not sure what is up with it.
One trick I've learned (this applies to all cars) is to let the motor warm up before you turn on the heater fan. Otherwise, you're drawing what little heat there is off the motor as soon as it makes any. If you let it warm up a little first, it seems to work more efficiently. My biggest concern is the summer time. I keep hearing that the A/C in my xA is gonna suck!
Now that you mention it, I do notice that a medium to high heat setting on the tC is equivalent to a low heat setting on my 2000 Mitsu Galant. But my galant heater ran a little too hot for comfort, so I welcome this not so hot heater on the tC. Well see how it runs when hard core winter kicks in.
23 degrees this morning and no problem heating up my tc. I use the method that matt described above. I let my car warm up while I am clearing the snow off my car and/or finishing my cigarette. As soon as I get in and turn it on its like a heat wave, and no more than 5 mins down the road, I turn it down to 1 or 2 bars and 1/2 to 3/4 of the way to heat.
Tom -Team ScioNRG
"It can't rain all the time."
This morning I started the car 10 minutes before I took off. Temp was 17 degrees. When I got back in, it was very comfortable, almost too hot. On my 20 minute commute, I left it had the 2nd notch. Plus it is nice to have a fan motor that is relatively quiet.
Also my old car was a Corolla which was smaller and heated up faster. So take that in consideration.
YOu know I've also noticed...the motor really isnt THAT quiet as some of you guys say. I thought it'd be quiet but when i turn it on to warm it up.. its pretty loud. Im shocked by how loud it is. But whatever. I'm more concerned about the heat.. IT SUCKS. i will try that other technique tomorrow morning. or maybe today after work.
The heater motor, like ALL cars, is a little noisy at FULL throttle. But at the 2-3 notch which is where I have the setting once the car gets at a good temp, the motor is much quieter than I thought it would be.
Also remember to use the RECIRC button once your car gets to the temp you like. That will also help heat (also to cool in the summer) the tC.
But I thought with the button off. that means air will come thru the vent and depending on how u have the ****.. it will be hot or cold. And if youhave the recirc button On. no air will come in when heater is off or ac is off..
also on top of all this. I even close the vents of the passenger sides so I can get more heat on my side. and it still sucks.