1988 GMC C1500



November, 26, 2009 AT 12:54 AM

Heater problem
1988 GMC C1500 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

After checking in the Haines manual and asking every autoparts store customer service this part seems to be hidden. Does anybody know the exact location of this part? I have checked the lines going in to heater core and near firewall, also have pulled off the dash and checked behind the glove box.


3 Answers



November, 26, 2009 AT 6:31 AM

This truck does not have one! Here's the description of your unit.
DESCRIPTION System is a blend-air type. Outside air is heated and then mixed with cooler outside air to attain desired temperature. System consists of a blower and an air inlet assembly, heater air distributor assembly and heater control panel. Blower, air inlet assembly and heater hoses are located on the engine side of dash panel while heater core and distributor duct are on passenger side. System has no heater control valve. Coolant circulation keeps heater core hot at all times. Operation of blower motor is controlled by the fan switch. The motor is connected in series with the fan switch and blower resistor assembly. On all Van and Suburban models, an auxiliary heater is available for heating rear of vehicle. The unit operates independently of standard heater and has its own set of controls. Heater hoses connect at the standard heater and extend from the standard heater to the auxiliary heater. A vacuum-operated heater control valve is installed in the inlet line in the engine compartment to cut off coolant flow when heat is not desired. See Fig. 7 and Fig. 8 .






November, 27, 2009 AT 1:31 AM

I have changed the thermostat and the problem of the truck taking forever to give me even close to warm air still has not fixed. Would your next step be replacing the heater core then?

How do Auto parts stores get away with selling me a part for my truck that the truck doesn't even have?



November, 27, 2009 AT 7:45 AM

Heater Core " Plugged

WARNING: The heater core inlet hose will become too hot to handle if the system is working correctly.

Check to see that the engine coolant is at the correct level.
Start the engine and turn on the heater.
When the engine coolant reaches operating temperature, feel the heater core inlet and outlet hose to see if they are hot.
If the inlet hose is not hot: the thermostat is not working correctly.
If the outlet hose is not hot: the heater core may have an air pocket.
The heater core may be restricted or plugged.
If both are hot, the temperature blend door in the heater plenum may be broken or stuck.
You might also try a core backflush. Buy a flush kit, install the Tee in the return line(to pump), and disconnect the suppy hose, now backflush until water runs clear, I usually get two Tees, and flush both ways, a heater core is not linear, water path is much like a honeycomb. Hard to flush, radiator repiar shops use a pressure gun to clear them, and this codts about 100.00, but can save the time involved in replacing harder installations. If your core is easily accessible, changing it is the BEST answer!

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