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Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Mike_n_Jubes » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:21 pm

We got our 2013 in November 2016. Beautiful truck. Still learning about features.
So far 2nd winter & the cold is not a friend of the Frontier. Cabin only warms up once we get rolling.
In park, idling, the cabin still isn't warm or defrosted after 15min.
Once we start driving, everything warms up and business as usual.

Questions:
Are we doing it wrong? (AC/Heat/Dash settings?)
Is this just a notorious issue for Frontiers?
Is it a mechanical thing?
If it is just a common issue, is there a mod that will heat up the cabin faster? My 04 impreza is toasty in 5min.

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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Adam » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:54 pm

It seems the 2nd gen have this issue frequently. My parents 2012 Xterra had it as well. What I did to fix it was bleed the cooling system. It took about 30 minutes but seemed to work.
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Mike_n_Jubes » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:01 pm

Thanks Adam!

We're definitely noobs. Don't even know what 'bleeding the cooling system' means. I assume flushing the fluid and replacing it? Can that be done at home?

Sorry to ask more info.
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby the x kid » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:33 pm

Welcome to the club. Don’t be sorry to ask for info. That is why the club is here.


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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Drizit » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:39 pm

Not a flush no (although given the age of the truck that's not a bad idea to)
To bead the system park with the front of the truck uphill to rase the rad higher. Then pull the cap (make sure the truck is cold first) and fire it up. This should help move air out of the system although you may need to rev it up a bit.
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Postby Snafu » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:17 pm

There are some fancy burping funnels that can help
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Nd4SpdSe » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:07 pm

Mike_n_Jubes wrote:Cabin only warms up once we get rolling.
In park, idling, the cabin still isn't warm or defrosted after 15min.
Once we start driving, everything warms up and business as usual.


I thought this was normal for most new cars.
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Bow_Tied » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:23 am

Is this a change from the previous year? If so, the thermostat might not be fully closing. If you plan to do a flush anyway, a new stat is inexpensive.
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Morpheus » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:29 pm

After running the truck for 5-6 minutes, the engine should be fully warmed up.

If you get in, and the HVAC is still blowing cold, put your foot on the gas and bring the rpms above 1500

If it starts to blow hot, then you 100% have an airlock in the heater system and will need to bleed the air out of it as the guys have suggested above.

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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby BigRed44 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:18 am

I've had this on my 07 X not on the new fronty yet. Everytime all i had to do was bleed the air out. seems like a typical problem with the Gen2's after a few years.
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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Mike_n_Jubes » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:01 pm

Finally logged back in. Big thanks for so much support from everyone here. We have to comb through this advice and take some time out to test them.

Again, much thanks.

Hope to have an update for you soon.

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Re: Interior takes forever to warm up - mods for that?

Postby Drizit » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:17 pm

Don't know if it's the recommended procedure for an x but on my Mazda they said to warm it up, then hold it at 2-3k rpm for 2 to 3 minutes, twice, then rev to 3k rpm for 10 seconds twice.
Repeat if the heat doesn't stay. Two cycles of that fixed it right up.
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