Mechanic says that I may have a blend door problem. Everything checks out ok but the heater does not blow real hot air when on low or high. Heat does come on at first for a few minutes then it turns cool. Is this a common problem and I would really like an estimate from another source. Thanks
Heater Blend Door on 2001 Ford F-150
by Wahoo Dave in Catoosa, OK on September 28, 2010
ANSWER by DaveJM , September 28, 2010
It is not "common" -- blend door issues do happen, but it's not usually something that results in hot then cool, or changes of any type. Usually with a failed blend door actuator, you will have cold when expecting hot or vice-versa...and you'll have a repetitive clicking noise as the stripped motor tries to change the door position. I'm thinking your thermostat may be sticking open at times causing the engine to cool more than usual. Also - do you have the digital temperature control? If so, you could have a temperature sensor issue.
ANSWER by Visitor , February 23, 2011
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