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No Heat on Remote Start

Hello,

I have had my 2009 Acadia for almost 1 year now, this being my second winter with it.

I have consistently had trouble with my remote start and the heating system.

My remote start works fine, car starts, heated seats come on, but at least 75% of the time I will get in the car only to have absolutely no heat running. Isnt this the point of remote start - to warm up the car - inside and out.

Every once in a while I will get to the car and the heat will blasting out of vents - which is great. But MOST of the time it is not.

I have tried many different scenarios - I have left the heat system on Auto - nothing. I have run the system on regular (non-Auto) - still nothing. I have remote started the car and waited almost the ten minutes before I go out to the car - and still no heat.

Here in Chicago we have had some bitter cold mornings. I take my child to the school bus so I would go to back of house and open up garage door and then remote start the car - 5-10 minutes later we would go out to car and there is no heat - car is running, heated seats are on - but no heat and inside of car is ICE COLD - Arggggg. This cannot be right. I did return to dealer late last winter - the checked it out and told me they couldn't find anything wrong. The man there even gave me a printout of the directions for the heat system. I had already read those 10 times before that looking to see if I was doing something wrong.

I think I need to take it in again - I don't know if maybe the sensor is bad. Anyone else out there experience anything like this??

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Depending on the temp it can take more than 10 minutes. That's why you can do the remote start twice, 10 minutes each time. We had the big cold snap here 2 weeks ago. Temps close to 0 and wind chill in the negative double digits. It took upwards of 15 minutes for the heat to be blowing. The blower will not start pumping out air until the engine gets above 160 degrees. I have sat in mine freezing watching the guage and when it started moving from the 160 degree mark, air started coming out. If it's 30 outside it wont take as long for the engine to warm up, maybe 5 minutes and thus when you get in the car the air is blasting. I don't see anything wrong here. Just have to be patient. It's like watching a pan of water boil.

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Re: No Heat on Remote Start

I know there is an issues with earlier Acadias (not sure if 09 is included) where the outside air temp gauge isn't reading the temp correctly (or gets stuck at some temp). If this temp reading is high enough it won't turn on the heat.

(I haven't gotten mine fixed yet) There are plenty of times that I come outside and notice when turning on my car that the thermometer reads 60 something eventhough the temp might be in the 30s

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I have not had any temp issues with my 09. But that would not be the case here as his heated seats are coming on, which means the outside temp guage is reading the temp at below 45 degrees. If it was reading like 60 the seats would not come on.

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Hello,

I have had my 2009 Acadia for almost 1 year now, this being my second winter with it.

I have consistently had trouble with my remote start and the heating system.

My remote start works fine, car starts, heated seats come on, but at least 75% of the time I will get in the car only to have absolutely no heat running. Isnt this the point of remote start - to warm up the car - inside and out.

Every once in a while I will get to the car and the heat will blasting out of vents - which is great. But MOST of the time it is not.

I have tried many different scenarios - I have left the heat system on Auto - nothing. I have run the system on regular (non-Auto) - still nothing. I have remote started the car and waited almost the ten minutes before I go out to the car - and still no heat.

Here in Chicago we have had some bitter cold mornings. I take my child to the school bus so I would go to back of house and open up garage door and then remote start the car - 5-10 minutes later we would go out to car and there is no heat - car is running, heated seats are on - but no heat and inside of car is ICE COLD - Arggggg. This cannot be right. I did return to dealer late last winter - the checked it out and told me they couldn't find anything wrong. The man there even gave me a printout of the directions for the heat system. I had already read those 10 times before that looking to see if I was doing something wrong.

I think I need to take it in again - I don't know if maybe the sensor is bad. Anyone else out there experience anything like this??

This may be a dumb question but are you leaving the temp set at a reasonably high setting (72 or higher)?

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This may be a dumb question but are you leaving the temp set at a reasonably high setting (72 or higher)?
my thoughts as well. next time you park it, tun HVAC to auto, set temp at 90 and turn it off. Remote start it in the morning and see what you get.

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Depending on the temp it can take more than 10 minutes. That's why you can do the remote start twice, 10 minutes each time. We had the big cold snap here 2 weeks ago. Temps close to 0 and wind chill in the negative double digits. It took upwards of 15 minutes for the heat to be blowing. The blower will not start pumping out air until the engine gets above 160 degrees. I have sat in mine freezing watching the guage and when it started moving from the 160 degree mark, air started coming out.[/color] If it's 30 outside it wont take as long for the engine to warm up, maybe 5 minutes and thus when you get in the car the air is blasting. I don't see anything wrong here. Just have to be patient. It's like watching a pan of water boil.
This makes sense and the colder outside the longer it will take for the engine to reach this temp; I wonder if a block heater would speed up the time it takes for the engine to reach 160.

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I'll bet it would.

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This makes sense and the colder outside the longer it will take for the engine to reach this temp; I wonder if a block heater would speed up the time it takes for the engine to reach 160.
I remember a block heater on my dad's old 82 6.2 diesel suburban. All it did was keep the glow plugs warm for an easier start but did not help the engine produce heat that much faster.

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I remember a block heater on my dad's old 82 6.2 diesel suburban. All it did was keep the glow plugs warm for an easier start but did not help the engine produce heat that much faster.
Yep on a diesel, but what about a gas engine

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