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Old 01-26-2011, 07:03 PM
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Can someone please help???

Hi, we just bought a 2003 6.0 Excursion. I am a little paranoid about the various problems that these have had. This evening when I drove from one side of town to the other (about 45 min) the front heat never got very warm. The rear heat is completely normal though. Is this something I should be concerned about. Should I stop driving it until I get it looked at? My husband is supposed to drive it out of town in the morning so I'm not sure what to do. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:54 PM
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Check the coolant level for starters. It's the big white or yellow or I hope not- Brown plastic tank under the hood on the drivers side. When the motor is cold, you should have coolant at or just below the min fill line..
If you dont, fill it to there and try again. If that fixed it, you should maybe start to worry about other more severe problems. Like where did the coolant go? Or, maybe the last owner just didnt pay attention and it just needed topped off??

Let us know if that works?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:09 PM
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Okay, I checked the fluid level and it is okay, not low at all. Any other thoughts?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:28 PM
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Heres a quick search I did for ya. Read through these various posts and see what others have found to fix this problem.

It can be a number of things. From the thermostat to the heater core. Whats the temp outside where you are?
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:02 PM
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Okay, thank you. Would I be safe to assume that it isn't something major since the back vents are blowing out extremely hot air? Maybe the rear blend door (I think that's what I read). So maybe it would be okay for my husband to drive on his trip? I have read so much about the EGR that I'm just really worried about this stuff. But common sense (I have no mechanical knowledge) would make me think that if the EGR was the problem then none of the heat would work. Am I right?
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:09 PM
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Oh, I forgot to add that the temperatures here are ranging between 28 and 42 or so.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:25 PM
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Please dont quote me on this..But from the quick reading I did on the subject myself, I'm not a tech..But I'm thinking the front blend door behind the glove box is the problem. The rear heat does rule out a lot. For this reason, I'd drive it while watching the gauges closely. How far is he going anyway?
EGR issues will show up in different ways. Does it blow white or sweet smelling exhaust? Does it puke coolant out of the plastic bottle? Do you see white droplet stains around the cap or on the bottle? Does the coolant level ever drop in that bottle? If yes to any of these, egr is possible. If no to all of them, egr is most likely ok..

Hope this helps? And please follow up here and let us know how the trip went and/or what you do to fix it in the end..

Good Luck
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:17 PM
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I have not noticed any of those things except whe I had the oil changed last Saturday they said they had to top off the coolant. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive each way. We will watch it closely and then try to figure out the cause early next week. Thank you so much for your help.
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