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How often to start/drive a vehicle to keep it healthy?

In order to keep a gasoline-powered vehicle healthy, how often does it need to be started or driven? Please specify if it actually needs to be driven, or if just starting it and letting it run is ...
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How to get mold smell out of car - 07 Ford Mustang GT

This car sits under a cover for an unfortunate amount of time. It's a 2007 and only has 39,000 miles, if that's any indication. It probably only receives love during the summer and sporadically ...
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AC not working in 2005 Chevy Cobalt

I have a 2005 Chevy Cobalt; its heater works fine, but AC doesn't seem to work at all. Fan works, but even at cooling set to max it just blows room temperature air. What could be the reason? Thanks!
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How much isopropyl alchcol to deodorize AC ducts?

i'm looking to remove an odor from my Corolla's fresh air intake. There are products available where you spray the product into the fresh air intake (near the windshield wipers), while the fan is ...
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Location of Blend Door Actuator in 2003 Chevy Malibu

I am fairly certain that my Blend Door actuator is faulty. I get all hot air in my car, which is great for the winter, not so much for the summer. I want to replace it, and followed directions on ...
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Am I getting ripped off by my mechanic?

We've been taking our cars to a local mechanic for years. Always been treated right, they've charged us fairly and everything was great. This year, though, we've had to take one of our cars in three ...
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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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A/C Compressor not turning on?

Trying to diagnose an issue with my wife's 2001 Honda CR-V air conditioning. First off, the A/C gets down to 50F when car is running idle for several minutes, so it's not too bad ... however on hot ...
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A/C clutch turns on and off frequently

I have 2011 Mazda CX7. When I first turn the car on I can see the A/C clutch being engaged, but after the car runs for bit, then clutch disengages. After a while it starts to engage for few seconds ...
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Adding air condition (con) CONTROLS to a Peugeot 206

I emphasise CONTROL because pug has an air con button. I have heard people say it is too expensive/difficult/ just not worth retrofitting air con to a car but I would like to swap the single button ...
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My AC works well at night only

I'm unhappy with the performance of my '04 Pontiac GTO's AC. Here are the symptoms: Cooling goes down to zero when the car is stationary, starts to cool after the car has been moving for some time ...
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Air conditioning not on, but still giving out cold air when car in motion, and makes hissing sounds

Have a 2000 Honda Accord 4 cylinder. Problem started last week. Turned a/c to cold, cold air not as cold as before, plus a loud hissing sound that seems to be coming from the passenger side, under the ...
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Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
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98 Volvo S70 Manual Climate Control to Automatic

I own a Volvo s70 with the Manual Climate Control AC Control Unit. Is it possible to simply install an Automatic Climate Control Unit? Or does this require additional work? (Not just drag and drop ...
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HVAC is not blowing. Is it most likely the blower motor?

I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue (standard not ultra). Recently the heating and air stopped blowing. It acts normal in every other way (lights and indicators work as normal) but I am not getting any ...
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Should I insulate the air conditioner pipe in my car?

I got my refrigerant re-filled and observed that the pipe going into the compressor gets very cold on the operation of the AC. IF it is getting cold it means that there is a possible heat loss and the ...
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1995 Mercury Mystique - AC compressor turning on and off

The AC compressor in my car is turning on and off repeatedly, and not really getting a chance to get cool. From what I've read this can indicate low coolant. I've just had the system repaired a month ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells

The cabin vents smell like mold and mildew. It's worse during humid days. I'm pretty sure the AC has something to do with it (since it smells bad when I turn the AC off and keep the fans blowing) but ...
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AC repair need help so bad it's hot!

08 PT Cruiser blows warm air but never gets cold. Tried Freon but it doesn't blow cold or last long at all. It sounds like it's clicking on and off not too rapidly when driving it blow slightly cooler ...
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Correct AC Compressor for '04 Dodge stratus SE 2.7L 6cyl

Apparently, there are two types of AC compressors for my '04 Dodge Stratus SE, 2.7 liter 6 cylinder engine, and I need to know which one I need. I tried looking on a parts store, but I couldn't get ...
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How to know BMW e46 AC type

Apparently there are two types of air conditioning units - IHKR and IHKA - in BMW e39's. I'm curious whether there are different types in e46's and, if so, how do I find out?
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AC sytem repair after bad compressor

I had my AC compressor removed and replaced with a dummy pulley about a year ago. The reason was I had a long trip ahead of me and the compressor was making some funny noises, as if she was about to ...
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Popping Sound when A/C is on - 2009 Kia Rio

I've noticed that, when I first start my car, there is an intermittent popping or clicking sound coming from up near the engine (sometimes it almost sounds like a very quick burst of air escaping a ...
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AC not cold anymore on brand new VW Polo

I've brought a new VW Polo 2012 plate. It's only a few months since it was registered by the dealer. However all a sudden the AC has stopped working. When I press the button labelled AC the light ...
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Understanding NA Ford Escort air conditioning modes

I had read through 1999 Ford Escort Owner’s Manual, and have few questions regarding air conditioning modes. The manual’s section on climate control states: The air conditioning compressor will ...
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Should I replace the AC's expansion valve?

The problem: Mazda 3 2008 125 K miles this is the first major ( > $300) thing to need fixing on this car The problem originally was that when you turn the AC on you get some cool air for about 20 ...
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Transmission Fluid Leaking from AC Condenser. Can I replace it myself and drive it to shop to do the before & after work?

My car is a Mazda Tribute My goal is to have the AC Condenser replaced. However, there are certain steps in the process that I can't do myself. These are: Before work: Discharge the AC Empty the ...
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Which convenience features in a car affects fuel economy?

I understand that the A/C compressor runs with the engine belt, so it will always uses some HP when engaged, therefore it will have some effect on fuel consumption. What I want to know if there are ...
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Air conditioner is hot on one side

My 2005 Chevy Silverado with dual zone climate is occasionally blowing hot air on the driver's side and cool on the passenger. It usually works fine for a few minutes before it begins blowing hot air. ...
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air conditioning working intermittently 2004 Ford Freestar

Hoping we can find a solution to our AC problem. Normally our AC is just blowing out warm air when AC is on. Warm air comes out in front and back of van. The air does not normally work but once in ...
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Do I need to add oil after A/C evacuation without replacing any parts?

My 1999 Suburban's A/C started to lose its cooling capacity last fall. In late fall it stopped cooling completely (there was a mechanic involved with other parts of the vehicle at the time). This ...
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What does it mean if felt- like pieces come through vent when AC is on in Toyota Avalon?

2006 Avalon xls 70k miles has just started throwing out a few pieces of what appears to be little triangles of felt like material through the vent when AC is on. Not a lot but is something breaking ...
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Smokey A/C from 07 Toyota Camry XLE

A while back my wife mentioned that smoke was coming from the front vents after a bit of driving with the A/C on. This does not happen regularly and the Freeon levels do not change. The other day, I ...
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How to replace broken AC pressure switch Kia Optima 2006

I was replacing the windshield fluid motor in my wife's car, and I saw this sensor had broken in half. Says it's an AC pressure switch, and looks like I could just unscrew it and replace. Except for ...
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Horrible rotten feet smell from my 2013 chevy malibu ltz

I just purchased a 2013 Chevy Malibu ltz and every time I turn on the air conditioner, there is this horrible odor of rotten feet that comes out of the vent. The longer I run it, the stronger it ...
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A/C Issues with a Mechanical Temp. Control

First Start of my A/C is good but when my evaporator is cold, my A/C Goes On and Off Rapidly. On for a second then Off for a Second. Does it have to be the Mechanical Temperature causes the problem? ...
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A/C causes the the car to die

I have a 1999 ford ecsort Zx2 it has the 2.0L DOHC engine in it or known as the Ztec engine. When I am driving with the A/C on it sputers and dies but restarts. What would cause this? it runs just ...
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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 ...
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Blower motor resistor Continuously Going Out…or not?

I drive a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo and the A/C is usually fine. However, this car has gone through 4 blower motor resistors. What happens is that, randomly while driving or when turning the A/C on (it ...
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Do I need to replace the A/C Clutch, A/C Relay, or A/C Belt?

My '05 Mazda Tribute (just over 200,000 miles) is having problems with the A/C. A while back it was the freon according to the previous owner. I connected a pressure gauge to the low pressure end of ...
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2014 Subaru Forrester AC Compressor clutch noise, slippage

We have a 2014 Subaru Forrester whose AC Compressor clutch operation is unlike other cars I've ever owned. The video linked is from when the car is cold and AC is engaged. It appears that the clutch ...
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After replacing A/C Schrader valve and O-Ring, do I need just refrigerant?

It looks like I lost all of the refrigerant due to a leaky schrader valve and O-ring. The A/C stopped cooling a few months ago, but I just got around to tracking down the problem. Do I need to flush ...
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2002 Ford Escape creaky steering (correlates to AC)?

2002 Ford Escape 3.0 XLT, 87,000 miles. Just started getting hot here so I've started using the AC, and consequently noticed the steering gets creaky like a rusty door. Off and on though, comes ...
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ac compressor pulley making noise

2006 hyundai sonata 6 cylinder ac compressor pulley is making noise how dangerous is it to drive ? Also is there a temporary fix i could do or is it possible to grease the ac compressor bearing in my ...
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AC suddenly stopped working?

After few hours driving in town with a lot of traffic my AC was working fine, keeping low temperature inside. Then I had to stop the engine for few minutes and when I turned it on, although the AC ...
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1997 Ford Expedition Intermittent Hot/Cold Air

I have a 1997 Ford Expedition with a seemingly random Hot/Cold air swapping issue. In the winter, when I turned on the heat, it would randomly alternate between blowing freezing cold air from outside, ...
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Subaru Outback - AC blowing less air out of one vent

I have a new 2015 Subaru Outback. A day after I got it, I noticed a faint crackling noise coming from the air conditioning vent when the AC is set to high. It's very faint but it's very noticeable. ...
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Anyone knows of a tutorial on how to remove/replace the radio and AC unit in a 2001 Subaru Legacy?

I have new radio and AC units for my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon but I do not know how to install them. It seems more complicated than I expected. Does anyone knows of a good tutorial or manual ...
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Can you use a vacuum pump on a charged A/C System?

I have a vehicle that is not currently running from which I am pulling the engine. To do so, I need to remove the A/C compressor and condensor, but it is currently charged. I have borrowed an A/C ...
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Most Efficient Way To Run AC

What's the most efficient way to run the AC in my car? In my 2007 Subaru I can set the temperature to 65 F and the temperature will reach and stay at a comfy 65 degrees. But I imagine the A/C ...