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BMW 3 series 320D ac blowing hot air

It has recently been really hot and to my surprise on the hottest day of the year my ac was not working. I took it to halfords to get the ac recharged however when they attached the pressure gauge ...
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Does a constant blown fuse always indicate a short?

My wife was driving our 96 Ford Windstar recently and she said right after she hit a bump in the road the ac stopped working and the instrument panel lights went out. I found the fuse from the wiring ...
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AC Compressor running but no cold air?

I have a 2002 Honda Civic. When I bought the car, the AC compressor was unplugged. I plugged it back in and it did not engage. I checked the pressure and it was a little bit low. I jumped the relay ...
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What could cause the engine temperature gauge and AC to fail simultaneously?

On Wednesday I noticed my car's temp gauge reading at bottom while driving down the highway. The air conditioner was also non-functional. Each of these components were working fine the day before. The ...
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To Use Max AC or AC

If I understand properly, setting your vehicle in the AC setting will cycle air from the outside into your vehicle attempting to cool it before it is pulled in. Likewise, MAX AC only recycles the ...
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How to clean the mold inside the A/C drain hose?

I have a Toyota Corolla 2013. I know you can probably blow air or use a pen to clean the end of the A/C drain hose from underneath the car, but how can you clean the hose of the mold? Is there a safe ...
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Why does my engine vibrate at idle only when I have the AC on?

2001 Honda Civic EX First noticed this problem when I got the car about a year ago. When the car is idling without the AC on, all is good. When I turn the AC and the clutch engages, it begins to ...
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Cannot pull a “deep” vacuum on AC system

For reference I'm working on a 1986 Corvette at about 5,000 feet above sea level (I'm in Colorado). The outside temperature is about 80 degrees, and humidity is relatively low. The old R12 system had ...
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How likely is a recently replaced AC condenser to be bad?

My fiancée was in a minor front end collision recently with enough damage to the vehicle that many pieces of the vehicle's front needed to be fixed or replaced. The weather has been heating up since ...
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Eliminating Mold/Mildew Smell from Car without Cabin Air Filter?

I have a 1998 Honda Civic LX, which didn't come with a cabin air filter. It has air conditioning but no filter, which makes no sense but that's how they supposedly were until 2001. When I turn my AC ...
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Does AC usage change based on blower speed?

As an example, my 2004 Honda CRV has air conditioning that is controlled by three controls: on/off button, blower speed knob, temperature knob. The blower speed knob affects the speed of the blower, ...
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Why does the Air Conditioner compressor cycle on and off even when it is hot in the car?

I have a 20 year old Subaru wagon, and the A/C seems to work fairly well except when it is extremely hot outside (> 100 F / 40 C - which happens a lot in the summer here). What I wonder about is that ...
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Longer crank time

Today I noticed something strange with my car. I was at a gym studio when I turned the key and I noticed it took a few "er er"'s longer before it started. As anxious I am about my expensive toys, I ...
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2000 Buick Regal Heater/Air Malfunctioning

Background I have a 2000 Buick Regal. The Heater/Air Conditioner runs erratically. Sometimes when set for air conditioning it will blow hot air out on both passenger and driver sides, sometimes ...
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When idling, AC does not work and engine overheats. What's the cause?

I drive a 2013 Chevy Sonic. Basically, the air conditioning does not blow cold air if the car is idling, only when in motion. It seems to blow the coldest during long periods of driving fast, such as ...
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How often should you get your air conditioner checked and serviced?

Every year I bring my car (now almost 3 years old) to the garage for a check up. When I bring it the people from the garage usually ask if I also want the extra air conditioner check and servicing. ...
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AC Compressor Working?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. The AC pumps a little cold air and then blows only at room temperature. I understand there are two sides to an AC system (high and low) and that the exchange valve ...
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2009 Ford Ranger heater Blend Door

My heat blend door actuator burned out. I bought a new one. I installed it but the blend door only moved a fraction of what it is supposed to so I disconnect the actuator to not burn it. My question ...
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2002 honda civic a/c not working

a/c and re-circulation light stay on my 2002 Honda civic.The only way the compressor will come on ,is by grounding relay,then it blows ice cold Relays are all good.There is power to the compressor ...
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How do you detect and deal with a refrigerant leak?

My heat works great, but my AC is nonexistent. Just blows out normal air, which in this weather is quite hot and unpleasant. I had the refrigerant refilled two years ago, but I haven't used the car ...
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How do A/C professionals dispose of refrigerant?

The ubiquitous advisories and legislations against releasing A/C refrigerant into the atmosphere are well known - if you need to discharge R-134a or R-22 from your A/C system, have the gas evacuated ...
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Why is car A/C typically less reliable than fridges/freezers?

I just had the A/C in my car die on me again; air coming through the vents with the A/C is just as warm with it turned on as off. However, my fridge/freezer is something I've had for over 5 years and ...
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Can a car AC unit be run on just the car battery?

This might be a silly question but I was wondering if a car AC unit be run off entirely on battery or alternator? As this could help in Preventing power loss during important times such as ...
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2010 malibu ac stops cold air and temp Guage drops

2010 malibu. At random ac stops blowing cold air. Still blows but not cold. At the same time the temp gauge drops to the bottom. It can work for a day fine then suddenly do the same thing. I've ...
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My a/c goes in and out at random times. Help!

I have a Pontiac Grand Prix GT 1998. She runs great except my A/C is now acting up. I first noticed it a few weeks ago. I was driving and it was almost like someone had turned the air down so it wasn'...
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A/C does not cool when speeding more than 100kmph

I drive a 1.3 liter 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer. I have this weird problem with the a/c where it stops cooling when I try going above 100kmph. The a/c cools just fine under 100kmph. But when I go over ...
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Easiest way to disable the A/C compressor

My A/C system has a leak in it and my compressor is making an awful noise: probably needs replacing. Winter is coming though, and I really don't want to spend any time or money on tracking down leaks ...
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Air conditioning only makes cold air at idle

I need help finding why my car's air conditioning (2011 Ford Mustang v6) is only blowing cold air at idling and not while driving on the highway when it's 100°F here in Nashville. In the mornings ...
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Seemingly poor A/C efficiency in Chrysler Town & Country

I feel like the A/C in my 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is under-performing. So, I measured the A/C temperature output on it and my 2003 Toyota Corolla, and I'm having trouble reconciling the ...
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Will cold air blow if A/C Clutch doesn't engage?

My 2001 Honda CRV is blowing cold air in the front seat, but in the middle of the summer in the back seat, it's not very cool. If the A/C Clutch isn't engaging, will the A/C still blow somewhat cold? ...
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AC Blowing Heat

I have Honda Accord 2002 SE. Today my a/c was blowing not as cold as it used to be, so I checked refrigerant level. It was high in red and I decided to discharge it pushing on the high end port. ...
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Easiest way to find a refrigerant leak on a 1999 Olds Intrigue [duplicate]

I had the level of the refrigerant checked and it was low, and the guy i bought the car from said he hadn't driven it in over a year, so I bought a can and filled it up. Air cooled off a bit then ...
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1998 Dodge Ram AC clutch won't engage

When I call for AC on the dash the clutch on the compressor doesn't engage. I disconnected the clip that connects the wire to the clutch and checked for voltage and there was none. People say that ...
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Air Conditioning Cools Intermittently

I have a 2001 Honda Civic. The A/C works pretty well - it comes on fast and blows cold. However, after 5 - 10 minutes it stops cooling and starts blowing warm air. If I turn the A/C off, after another ...
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ac issues with 2005 pontiac g6 3.5L

I've put freon in it using one of those el cheapo guage from walmart. After having a mechanic recover what little bit of freon was left, I hooked up to the low side port and immediately the guage went ...
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Using sunshine to cool down the car

Why can't the sunshine (that turns a car into an oven) be used to run the aircon? Or at the very least, a fan? For example - a long thin fan that fits into the top of the window - preventing it from ...
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What temperature should the A/C blow?

The A/C output temperature on my 2012 Chrysler Town & Country feels diminished, especially in the rear seats' A/C vents. So, I had the refrigerant drained, measured, and topped off (dealership did ...
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A/C loses chill when turning on blower. Why?

Following the guidance from this Q&A, I measured the output temperature of my 2012 Town and Country A/C. Under the test conditions proscribed, with outside temperature of 87°F and 55% relative ...
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Does R-134A refrigerant normally have oil (liquid at room temperature) in it?

Upon [legally] releasing some pressure from a car's (model year 2000) over-charged AC refrigerant loop that uses R-134A refrigerant, some of the released fluid surprisingly stayed liquid at room ...
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2002 Mazda B2300 compressor trouble

For a while when I would first turn on the car and the AC, the wheel on the compressor did not start spinning immediately. The air is blowing in the car, but it is hotter than the ambient temperature. ...
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A/C clutch 2000 grand marquis is leaking

So I just changed my blend door actuator because my car would continuously blow really hot air and my boss said that could be the problem. After I changed it, put everything back together I added one ...
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A/C Cycles On and Off in '02 Honda Civic

I've searched around and found questions that may be related but aren't quite the same problem as what I have, so I'm hoping you can give me some advice. I have a 2002 Honda Civic Ex with 185k miles. ...
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99 Corolla blower motor noise - possible cause?

I'm looking for someone to validate or disprove my opinion. Here is a video of the issue. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fjs8xtu0v9ikuov/IMG_3947.MOV?dl=0 The prior owner was a smoker and used in-vent ...
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The ac clutch kicks on and off in sync with the radiator fan. This is definitely not right. Whats wrong?

The clutch on the AC compressor and radiator fan seem to kick on and off at same time with a 2 to 3 second delay. I suggested maybe a relay fault or a faulty connector. Please help, mom has dialysis ...
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AC Cooling stops at high speed

My car ac works very fine in normal conditions. But when I drive it for awhile longer, and often at high speed, it stops cooling. I can still hear the fan sound loud and clear but air flow decreases a ...
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Air conditioning compressor

Can I remove the non working a/c compressor from my '85 Chevy S 10 Pu truck? It is not working and I want to get it out of the way.
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faint whining sound coming from air conditioner

My wife has an '05 Honda Element and when we turn the A/C on there is a very faint whining sound. The sound is not constant, it goes on and off and you have to listen closely to hear it. The A/C is ...
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Patch A/C condenser?

I have a small leak at the top of my air conditioning condenser. Last summer, I tried patching it with JB Weld. They do advertise as working with all metals, but I suspect it failed to hold because ...
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Failure in A/C compressor due to flood?

I've changed my car (Brazilian GM Classic) oil and after the change the A/C stoped working. I've asked for the car dealearship I've changed the oil to check it up. The diagnostic was that the A/C ...
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What is this odorless water dripping from passenger side of car? [duplicate]

I have water coming out of a pipe under my 2010 Renault Grand Scenic. There is not a smell to it. The water is coming from the passenger side and it is dripping from a wee rubber pipe.