Engine does not heat up to operating temperature

Tiny
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  • 1995 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • 144,000 MILES
I cannot get the engine to heat up to a proper temperature (blows cold air through vents/temperature gauge never moves past 15%).

I have had a low operating temperature for a month now.
I have changed the oil, thermostat, and flushed the coolant. And burped the system.

Just noticed today that my radiator fan is running on high. Thus, it has been constantly pumping coolant into my cold engine. But why?

Which steps should I take next?
Any input is going to be cherished.

Thanks anyone.
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Friday, January 12th, 2018 AT 1:52 PM

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Tiny
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Your radiator fan is a mechanical clutch driven fan. Basically, it is always running when the engine is running. If the temperature gauge is not getting to operating temperature, then I would say get another thermostat. It is possible you got a dud and it is stuck open.

As a test, you can put a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator (to block air flow through the radiator and help warm the engine up). Then let it run a while and see if the temperature gauge goes up more than it has been and try the heat. If the gauge goes up and the heat works, then you just confirmed that either there is too much airflow (essentially impossible with clutch fans) or the coolant is flowing freely (bad thermostat).

See what you find and let us know.

Good luck.
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Friday, January 12th, 2018 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for all of the great advice! Sorry for the delayed response, but sadly I'm still at a loss for ideas.

I just put a new, 190 thermostat, and a new coolant temp sensor. My temp gauge now goes just above a quarter. (Slight improvement, but I'm still not getting hot air from the vents)

Do I have a relay somewhere that could be bad?
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Thursday, January 25th, 2018 AT 10:59 AM
Tiny
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If it's moving past the 1/4 mark, you should get some sort of heat. Not super hot, but pretty warm at the least. I would suggest flushing out the heater core. They like to clog up with gunk and stuff over the years. My process is to simply disconnect the heater core hoses where they connect to the water pump and/or engine and hook a water hose up. Point the hose that doesn't have anything hooked up away from all electrical stuff (preferably outside of the engine bay). Turn the hose on, starting with very low pressure first, and let it start pushing the stuff out. Usually, you'll see a bunch of muddy crap come out. Once the mud gets out and the water starts to clear up, turn the pressure up so it's really flowing good and let it run for a couple of minutes. Then reconnect the hoses, top off the cooling system, and try the heat again.

If that's not it, then you'll want to check for issues with the blend door and it's actuator.

You might also try simply disconnecting the battery for at least 15 minutes. Then reconnect it. Turn the key on, and wait a minute. Then start the truck and try the heat after it's warmed up. See what happens.

-- Explanation: The actuator in this truck is electronic (I think, at least that's what AllData says), meaning it's controlled by a computer. Sometimes, as parts like the actuator and door wear, their positions change a little bit. You might just need the computer to go through the relearn process in order to compensate for wear and tear. Disconnecting the battery for 15 minutes should force the computer to relearn when you turn the key on.

Try those things and let us know how that goes. And don't worry about how long it takes you to respond, I'm on here daily doing my thing. So it makes no difference to me.
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Thursday, January 25th, 2018 AT 8:38 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for that refreshing drink, from your well of knowledge. I will take it step by step, and let you know what I find.
And THANK YOU again, for taking the time to write all that out!

Ill be in touch.
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Friday, January 26th, 2018 AT 4:26 AM
Tiny
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No problem man! I hope it helps you out.
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Friday, January 26th, 2018 AT 8:18 PM

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