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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 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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1986 VW Westfalia van A/C

I had my AC refrigerant professionally changed to Red Tek in my van. It worked well for 2 or 3 years but then stopped cooling. I successfully refilled with difficulty and it was fine for a further ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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AC leak best solution

I have a 2001 Honda civic. I recharged my ac with refrigerant but it only last about 3 days before the cold air stop blowing. I assume this would mean that the leak is pretty bad. Air is still blowing ...
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Where is the e46 AC drain hose located?

I've tried looking online, but I can't find a description and the images are too zoomed-in to tell exactly where the AC drain hose is. Another problem is that the hose might vary between generations. ...
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Air-conditioning intermittent failure

I drive a 2007 model Skoda Fabia 1.4Ltr mpl. My air conditioning trips off after driving for 5minute. Hardly stays on during traffic. Fan still rolls but cooling stops. Also noticed it tries staying ...
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High RPM and engine heating on 2001 Subaru Legacy

I have a 2001 Subaru Legacy L station wagon with 143k miles. I do not know when the timing belt was done, or when the spark plugs were replaces last. I only know that the brakes, tires, and one of the ...
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How to remove stuck AC barrier hose without damaging barb fittings?

I'm trying to remove 23-year-old AC barrier hose from aluminum line so I can replace them. I split the crimped ferrules and removed them. The hoses are stuck on. I'm sure they've permanently deformed ...
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Air conditioning gradually stopped working, hissing noise

On my 2003 Kia Sedona minivan, the air conditioning recently stopped working. This occurred somewhat gradually over the course of a week or so. I noticed today that if I turn the air conditioning ...
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Do A/C Hoses Go Bad in Other Ways than Leaking?

I want to do a "complete" overhaul of my A/C system and am pricing parts. I will be dropping a good amount of money on the parts and want to protect my investment. If my hoses aren't leaking (not ...
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Puddle under passenger side of car/ A/C blowing hot air

I have a 1999 Mazda 626. I drove 5hrs the other day from WA to OR. Traffic was horrible and it was blistering hot. I had my A/C going most of the time, although at one point it started blowing hot air ...
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AC stopped blowing cold air

This is my question, the ac in my 2000 Chevy S10 2.2L stopped blowing cold air. the clutch doesn't seem to be engaging. I tried recharging the system but the gauge is up in the red zone already.
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2004 Mercury Marquis LS A/C & fan problems

My 04 Mercury Grand Marquis auto temp controlled A/C was working fine last night when I parked it. I got in it today, and it has no fan speeds at all, and the compressor is kicking on and off. I'm not ...
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AC/heater fan only blows at high speed [duplicate]

All of a sudden the AC/heater fan on my 2004 Toyota Matrix does not work properly. The fan has four positions. The first 3 no longer blow air at all, but the 4th position (the highest) works. A ...