The Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta are among the best compact cars on the market, according to Car and Driver Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice ratings. Among the compact cars that received an A rating from Edmunds in 2015 were the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Volkswagen Golf.
A car's heater does not generate heat if the coolant level is low or restricted by buildup, if the water pump failed or if the thermostat is broken. The heater fan is also sometimes an issue.
The best heater of 2015 is the Lasko 754200, according to both Consumer Search and The Sweet Home. The 754200 receives praise for its compact size, quick heating, ease of use and low price.
The 2016 Honda Civic, 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2016 Ford Focus are some well-rated compact cars. These are three of the best affordable compact cars, according to "U.S. News & World Report."
In order to repair a car heater, diagnose the problem, troubleshoot that part of the system and replace the component. There are many issues the can cause the heater to malfunction, so a diagnosis must first be completed, prior to replacing any components.
To choose an electric car heater, decide whether you plan to use the heater when the engine is off or running, whether there are combustible materials in your car and how you want to heat the area. Your general options are a 12-volt plug-in heater or a 120-volt space heater.
Top-rated compact cars, such as the Honda Fit or Volkswagon Golf, normally are hatchbacks, so that they provide good cargo space. In addition, these models have small, efficient engines, but they still provide an agile and comfortable ride.
A car's heater blows cold air when the actuator or heater core is malfunctioning. The heater actuator is mounted on top of the heater core behind the engine.
A car heater blower motor is the component that blows cold or warm air out of the vents. The motor is controlled through knobs or buttons on the dash or console.
The most common reasons a car's heater may stop working include too little coolant, a failed heater core or a faulty heater control air bend door. A coolant, such as antifreeze, is necessary for air to move through the heater core and into the car.