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I've noticed in the last few weeks that my heater occasionally wont turn off. At the same time it seems to go on full blast pumping really hot air into the cabin. It feels much hotter than the air you normally get when the heater is on maximum. I've checked under the bonnet, and nothing appears particularly hot to the touch.

This has happened about 3 or 4 times, and I usually have to turn the engine off to stop it happening. I don't use the air con, just the heater and the cooler.

I seem to remember a while back there were reports of something catching fire due to overheating. Can anyone remember what that was about and have any of you experienced anything similar with the heater acting strangely?

I'm going to swing by the dealer on Monday to have a word about it.
 

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Hi Innch no problems but was that not todo with the pipe recall
 

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wilma08 said:
Hi Innch no problems but was that not todo with the pipe recall
Just done a quick check on the net and all I could find was that the Suzuki Alto 2010 had a overheating problem with the AC which could cause fire, take it to the dealers get them to check it
 

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Went into my dealer this morning and asked about my heater problem. Not surprisingly I got the usual dealer answer of "Never had any problems like that before". I actually trust this dealer, so I tend to believe him when he says that.

The car is now booked in for next week to investigate what might be causing this problem. I'll report back after it's has been done.
 

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Car was into the dealer this morning to investigate my heater problem.

They told me the problem was being caused by a faulty air quality sensor. They didn't have one in stock, so they have ordered one and will need the car back when the spare comes in, probably next week. Although the work may have to wait until they have a courtesy car available.

They also said they found a faulty light sensor, and they will replace that at the same time. Not really sure what the fault is though. They said my lights were going on and off, but I've never noticed any problems with the lights before.
 

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If it's the light sensor thats fitted in the dashboard speaker grill make sure you double check the fit of the grill when you collect the car, they are a nightmare to remove and even harder to re-fit.
I am sure it will be ok but worth checking. 🔎
 

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SJG said:
If it's the light sensor thats fitted in the dashboard speaker grill make sure you double check the fit of the grill when you collect the car, they are a nightmare to remove and even harder to re-fit.
I am sure it will be ok but worth checking. 🔎




Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out before I leave the garage.
 

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My previous car, Chevy Orlando, an Antara cousin, had the same problem. Turned out to be software issue. Dealer reinstalled some software and I didn't have any more problems with heater.
 

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Just wondered how it went , I also have a heater issue seems to come on then go off on its own !! . the mechanics have no ideas of how to fix it and are looking at a new control panel . At present we have set it at warm with no control .Have changed the front control panel twice and it works for a bit then fails. I really have no idea . Cheers Alan
 

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Just wondered how it went , I also have a heater issue seems to come on then go off on its own !! . the mechanics have no ideas of how to fix it and are looking at a new control panel . At present we have set it at warm with no control .Have changed the front control panel twice and it works for a bit then fails. I really have no idea . Cheers Alan

Unfortunately it has not been done yet.

My appointment has been cancelled twice due to lack of a courtesy car. I am now booked in for the 28th.

I got them to pull the fuse for the heater, but it also killed the blower. So I put the fuse back in. When the heater comes on when I don't want it, I just open the windows to keep cool. I've found if I turn the blower off, I don't get so much of a problem with the heater, so I try to keep the blower use to a minimum while I'm waiting for them to fix the heater.

I'll post my results when, or if, I eventually get the car in for the work.
 

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A quick update on my long running heater problem.
The car went in this morning to have the repair done, but when I got a call this afternoon to tell me I could pick the car up, they also told me the car hadn't been fixed.

They said the replacement part did not fit and that the supplier had sent them the wrong item in the correct box. Not sure if I believe them, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

So another part has to be ordered and another wait for a courtesy car to be available. If I'm lucky I might just get my heater repaired by the time I have to give the car back in 2016.
 

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Inchindown said:
A quick update on my long running heater problem. 
The car went in this morning to have the repair done, but when I got a call this afternoon to tell me I could pick the car up, they also told me the car hadn't been fixed.
 
They said the replacement part did not fit and that the supplier had sent them the wrong item in the correct box. Not sure if I believe them, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
 
So another part has to be ordered and another wait for a courtesy car to be available. If I'm lucky I might just get my heater repaired by the time I have to give the car back in 2016. <img src="http://www.antaraownersclub.com/forum/smileys/smiley19.gif" alt="Cry" title="Cry" />
Is your car motability if so complain to them about the service
 

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Well it seems my heater problem has finally been fixed.
Took it in yesterday to have the work done and since then, the heater has worked as it should.

I can't say I'm happy about the 2 months it has taken to get sorted out. The work was cancelled 3 times due to not having a courtesy car available and one attempt at fixing it failed due to the incorrect part being ordered.

I've used this garage since 1995, and this is the first time I've had any problems with them. The disappointing thing is they do not appear to be interested in preventing this sort of problem from happening again. It does not appear the shortage of courtesy cars is a one off thing. They just don't have any. The car I used yesterday was the company car of one of the employees, and I think I only got that because I had been on to Motability about it and they had talked to the garage about the problem.

Funny thing is, Motability would have paid for a hire care if the repair was going to take more than one day. Maybe next time, I'll get the garage to say it's an overnight job and get a car that way.
 

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Well, my heater problem is back.
The last thing you need during a summer heat wave is a heater which is stuck on maximum.

Going in to the dealer this afternoon for a diagnostic check. Let's hope they find and fix the problem for good this time.
 

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My daughter had the same problem with a Ford KA and it was the heater variable valve solenoid that went.
Hope this is of use.
Edited by: chrisg
 

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Well that trip to the dealer was a waste of time. They ran the diagnostic but found no faults. They said there is nothing they can do if they can't find a fault code, so I would need to bring the car in while the heater fault was happening. As the fault is currently intermittent, that will not be easy to achieve.
They can shut the heater off completely, but that will also shut off the blower. So that's not really an option. I suppose I'll just have to drive with the windows open until I happen to be near my dealer with the heater fault happening.

I think I might have a word with Motability to see if they can do anything about it. Not sure they can, as this fault is warranty work, and Motability don't usually get involved in that stuff.
 

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I managed to get car into the dealer last week with the heater problem active. So I was able to show the workshop foreman the problem while it was happening. I don't think he believed me before, but there's no way now he can say there is no fault in the system.
He said he would raise a case with Vauxhall, and would be in touch when he got an answer. I had a phone call this afternoon to say that Vauxhall have accepted the fault on warranty and have authorised the replacement of the whole centre console.

So the part is on order and I'm waiting for a call to say when to bring the car in to get the job done. I'm not entirely convinced this will fix the problem, but I can always hope..
 

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My car was into the dealer again last week to try to fix my on-going heater problem.
This time they seem to have really fixed it and my heater has worked normally since the work was done last Wednesday. They said they replaced a control unit, but not sure which control unit they replaced.

I really do hope this fault has been fixed for good. It's been a real pain driving around all summer with the heater on full blast most of the time. I don't really like driving with the windows open and it has made a hit on my fuel consumption.
 

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Hi where is the fuse for the blower mines decided to stop but can't find the fuse for it I know it's in drivers footwell but which fuse is it? Many thanks
 

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is there a key on the inside of the lid or owners manual
 
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