Heat is not working


Asked by Jan 10, 2016 at 09:11 PM about the 2003 Ford Escape Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I have a 2003 ford escape and the heat is not
working.... I just flushed the system may be 3 days
ago I thought maybe it was clogged. Some gunk
came out I thought all was good... Wrong so I
asked my brother in law(previous owner) if he had
replaced the heater core and he said he did. Which
it has to be true because both hoses running into
the core are hot. My thermostat is reading optimal
temp after I let it warm up. I have cold air but when
I switch to hot it's still cold but I lose a lot of air
pressure coming through the system. I've been
messing with this for a couple days I've got a wife
and a baby riding daily in this car any help would
be greatly appreciated but at this point I'm

2 Answers


The temperature blend door should be cable controlled and located behind the glove box. If anything has fallen behind the glove box it may have dislodged the cable assembly or caused the knob to strip its center out. first put the temp knob at the straight up position and pull straight back on it to remove it from the control head. look at the back of it for either the metal retaining clip that should be in it to have remained on the shaft in the control head or the plastic to be cracked/broken. If it's okay pull the glove box past its stops and look at the cables to see if they are detached from the air distribution box.

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Everything looks fine the cables are attached and work when I turn the knob. But the knob feels stiff when 3/4 to high heat. And I don't see a metal clip there's a piece of green plastic and white plastic on the backside of knob. I gotta let it warm up again to see if it did anything

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