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These vehicles have very common issues involving lack of heat, but before I make assumptions, I want to make sure that you aren't having any overheating problems.
Sure, these vehicles are very susceptible to clogged heater cores; this is mostly due to the design of coolant flow through the heater core. The heater core is located behind the dashboard and is very difficult to access, but the heater hoses that feed it are located under the hood and are not very difficult to get to. The way to check for a clogged heater core is to start the engine and let it get to operating temperature and once it has, check both the hoses that go into the firewall for even, hot temperature. If the heater core is clogged, one hose will be hot and the other will be cool to the touch; or they will both be cool to the touch. If this is the case, the good news is that you can usually flush out the heater core and avoid removing the dashboard for replacement. To flush out the heater core, all you need to do is remove both of these hoses using pliers and then flush in both directions with a water hose until it comes out clear.
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