1998 Pontiac Grand Am gt 3.1L.
Question = my 98 grand am has no heat. The gauge on the dash works. The engine gets hot, and
the car has not over heated. Is my problem the thermostat or the heater core?


Several things can cause a no heat condition.
Assuming the coolant is full, there could be air pockets in the cooling system- this engine is prone to
having leaking intake manifold gaskets, and/or blown head gaskets. Either can make air pockets in
the cooling system, and the heater core cannot transfer heat from an air pocket into the interior.
Will not necessarily overheat.

Possibly a plugged heater core not allowing coolant to flow through it. Possibly a temperature door
problem in the dash not directing air over the heater core.A bad thermostat will usually either cause
an overheating, or an engine that will not get up to proper operating temp. If the coolant temp is
lower than normal, then would suspect a stuck open thermostat.

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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP.I have 5 vents on the upper dash board. I will count them from the
passenger side starting with #1. With the AC on #2 upper dash vent is the only one providing cold air.
I must have a damper not working somewhere. The other vents 1-3-4 and 5 have the same volume of
air but it is ambient. #2 provides cold AC air.

Answer:
Sounds like you may have 2 problems. Two common causes for the right side vents being cold, and
the left side warm....
1) The drivers side temp door actuator motor has failed. This would cause both right side vents to
blow normal, the drivers side vents to blow warm.
2) Low freon charge. This would cause 1 or both of the right side vents to blow cool- but not as cold
as they should be.

There is no damper between the 2 right side vents. They are from the same plenum. This is why you
may possibly have a low freon charge, and the drivers side door motor faulty.I would suggest getting
the freon charge checked. Not just the pressure, but actually remove and have it measured. Even a
1/4 - 1/2 lb can cause right side to be cool only. Get the freon charge correct, then see is the drivers
side vents are still warm, then you probably have a door motor gone bad.