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corsajimmy
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10th Dec 03 at 23:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

are all the corsa b heater matrix's all the same?
whitter45
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10th Dec 03 at 23:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah apart from the ones with air conditioning as these have the airconditioning button on the temperature dial like the heated rear screen is on the blower control
drunkenfool
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11th Dec 03 at 00:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

pretty sure they are yeah, just had mine replaced as it had a blockage that flushing the cooling system wouldnt clear.
Kerry
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkenfool
pretty sure they are yeah, just had mine replaced as it had a blockage that flushing the cooling system wouldnt clear.


wot were the symptons of the blockage?
ainsley_brader
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11th Dec 03 at 18:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

a cold heater!
Neshol
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11th Dec 03 at 19:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What exactly is the matrix? Sorry, i know its a stupid question
ainsley_brader
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Its like a miniature radiator situated at the bottom of the centre console. Air blows through it to give you warm air for demisting etc. Uses the same water as the main radiator!
Ains
PaulW
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11th Dec 03 at 22:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ya can see it in this pic of AK's 'Bucket'



its the thing in the middle which lookes like an panel-filter for an air box with 2 pipes coming out of it.

[Edited on 11-12-2003 by PaulW]
ainsley_brader
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dunno why ak didnt get rid of it doing nothing there but carrying weight
Mistamist
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11th Dec 03 at 23:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

he warms his Y-fronts on there.
drunkenfool
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12th Dec 03 at 00:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Kerry - I used to be able to get hot air now and again, but then it completely packed up. I took all the plastic housing off, chedked all the ducting etc and eventually found that the heater matrix itself didnt get hot. I tried to unblock it by running the engine with the cap on the expansion tank left off until it boiled over, then topped it back up, but that didnt work. The guy in the garage also tried putting a hose on one of the pipes on the existing one to see if he could clear it, but it wouldnt budge, so i got a new heater matrix. Cost about 40 including parts and labour, and now i can see out of the front window, so well spent!
Neshol
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Thanks ains n Paul
Kerry
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quote:
Originally posted by drunkenfool
Kerry - I used to be able to get hot air now and again, but then it completely packed up. I took all the plastic housing off, chedked all the ducting etc and eventually found that the heater matrix itself didnt get hot. I tried to unblock it by running the engine with the cap on the expansion tank left off until it boiled over, then topped it back up, but that didnt work. The guy in the garage also tried putting a hose on one of the pipes on the existing one to see if he could clear it, but it wouldnt budge, so i got a new heater matrix. Cost about 40 including parts and labour, and now i can see out of the front window, so well spent!


sounds exactely same as mine

used to work every now and then but packed in completely........

guess il have to price a matrix up
Gambit
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12th Dec 03 at 09:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Kerry, flushing it first make sure the heater is set to max heat before flushing it

if that dont work, take it apart and reverse flush it

[Edited on 12-12-2003 by Gambit]
Kerry
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12th Dec 03 at 10:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

do i flush it like drunkenfool said?
Gambit
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12th Dec 03 at 10:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeah u can check it for airlocks first, jsut run the car with the cap off till it boils over

but its essential the heaters are set to max heat as this controls the flow of water into the matrix.

good way of checking for an airlock is if you get a bit of heat at the beginning of your journey but once the car heats up (thermostat opens, water allowed to circulate) you then get cold air.
Kerry
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12th Dec 03 at 10:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i have a feeling its the actual blowers though
Gambit
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12th Dec 03 at 10:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

you have aircon dont you? switch it off. your blowers just blow whatever comes over the matrix
Kerry
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12th Dec 03 at 12:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

they dont blow no matter wot i do
drunkenfool
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I was told it would cost about 40 or 50 by the garage so told them to go ahead, and i had a bill for 128 this morning!!! How much are heater matrices new from vaux (asuming they used the most expensive part)? I know for a fact it took them about 20 minutes to change it, cos the guy that did it told me!
ainsley_brader
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12th Dec 03 at 23:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Book time for a corsa is 1hr but yeah takes about half an hour.
drunkenfool
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and i had already taken all the plastic housing and stuff off to make it quicker. Ill ring em on monday and see why they charged so much!

 
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