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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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Low-side and high-side pressures lower than expected after AC repair

I just did my first automotive AC repair, after the compressor in my 2004 Lancer 2.0 ate itself, cracked its casing, and blew all the refrigerant out. I think I did the repair & recharge ...
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How to simulate that automatic-engine stop feature?

I have a brand new Honda Vezel (Japanese market only). It has this fanciful but useless and nuisance feature that shuts down the engine when I come to a stop and automatically restarts the engine ...
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Is it difficult to retrofit Air Conditioning?

Car: 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 I would like to retrofit Air Conditioning to my car, as I'm planning to travel to a hot place! My questions: Apart from charging and discharging the system, which I would ...
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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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BMW e46 AC intake location(s)

Is the intake for the air conditioning unit the same (i.e. under the hood near the windshield wipers) as the regular cabin air intake? What about in recirculation mode?
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Will using the AC accelerate refrigeration loss due to a leak?

I developed a leak in the lines of my AC system (verified). The system has been recharged so it is working for the time being, but I do not expect it to last indefinitely. I am due to buy a new car, ...
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How to recharge AC using booster from auto parts store?

The AC on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier stopped blowing cold in the fall and I had planned on getting it checked out and recharged once the AC check specials started. I saw this for $30 and it seems too ...
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Automatic A/C recirculation problem [closed]

I have a Toyota 2014 4-Runner limited and I have a problem where the recirculation button will automatically turn off. It works fine when it's on, but is there a way to turn off the auto turn off?
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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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Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle

When the car is idling and the A/C is turned the engine will shutter hard and/or turn off. I've already replaced the IAC valve; it was working for a little, but now it's back to shutting off. The ...
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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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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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How to get items out of the HVAC system from a 2003-2007 Honda Accord

Before I ruin my dashboard/car, I wanted to know if my approach is correct. I don't know much about cars but logically, it seems like a simple enough task to remove vents, reach in and grab items, ...
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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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How to close the re-circulation flap? [closed]

I have a 2001 Chevy Malibu and I am having a problem with the re-circulation switch for the AC. I am trying to figure out how to close flap so there is no outside air coming in can anybody help me ...
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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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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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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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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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AC alternates between blowing hot and cold in hot weather

When the temperature outside is cooler, say less than 80°F, and I turn my AC on, everything works great and I get nice cold air in the car. In the late afternoons however when the temperature is ...
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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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How to fix leaking air conditioning schrader valve

I have a 98 jeep cheerokee sport. The air conditioning coolant leaks. After doing some diagnostics, I detected audibly a hissing sound coming from the low input port, leading me to believe the ...
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Install Air Conditioning in the car that does not have air conditioning build in [duplicate]

Is it good idea for me to install air conditioning in my car if my car does not have air conditioning build in? Is it worth for me to spend the money to buy and install the air conditioning or it 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 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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A/C shuts off periodically; switch off and back on and will work again

My Volvo XC90 runs well but periodically its A/C will shut off. I turn off the a/c for 30 seconds, then turn back on and seems to work well again. Could this be a compressor issue? Someone mentioned a ...
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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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AC Honda DX Civic 95 not cooling button for recirc AIR unlit

I have had an issue with 1995 Civic cooling. It worked 2 months back. I will try to be specific. I have studied HVAC ,Compressors in Blgs ,just not vehicles so I know the system somewhat. It will NOT ...
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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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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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AC clutch engages but still no cold air

I've been reading for a week or so about how AC systems work and problems they could have. One consistent thing I've read is to check how the compressor clutch reacts when you turn on AC - if it ...
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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 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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A/C now blowing hot air [closed]

2004 VW Jetta A/C started blowing hot air this morning on way to work. What could cause this?
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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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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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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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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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Engine Bogs down with A/C on highway

This started to happen relatively recent. It's 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. What is happening when the engine is idling and I turn the A/C on or the defroster (which also uses the A/C I believe), the ...
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ac compressor pulley making noise [closed]

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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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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Mechanic Didn't Diagnose Full Problem [closed]

I recently went in to get my AC looked at. They tested it, said that all it needed was a compressor. I was quoted $826 and change to have my air conditioner fixed. I saved up that sum, came in to ...
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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 Recharge- What did I do wrong?

I drive a 2010 VW Golf. The AC has not been working at all lately. Before taking it in to the pros, I bought an AC Recharge Kit and only got to step 1 on the directions. When I hooked it up to the ...
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A/C blows hot air on acceleration

2008 Malibu A/C blows hot air on acceleration. At idle or once maintained speed, it cools and blows cold again.
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AC: Fixing or Recharging?

I have Toyota Camry 2000. The problem is AC does not blow any cold air. So, I bought R134a and recharging it myself. It costs me about $12. However, it lasts for about a month. I checked with couple ...
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What do I risk if I don't fix my leaking evaporator core on my 2004 Jeep GC?

The shop just tested my non-working AC, and recharged the freon - so, for now, it's working. Cost $118 all in. However, they tell me I have a leak in my evaporator core, and that it will take 16 ...
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Switching off the AC before turning off the engine to increase longevity - urban myth? [duplicate]

I was riding with a friend and he insisted that it's better for me to switch off the AC before turning off the engine because when you turn on the car the AC won't get switched on with it and the ...