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Measuring A/C refrigerant I got 96 PSI, is 96 PSI bad?

I bought a car refrigerant gauge online because my A/C is not cooling the air at all and the first suggestion was to check your refrigerant to see if it is empty or low. I found out where my car's "...
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Shutting off fans at highway speeds

On my vehicle (92 Civic) and most others I've seen, the condenser fan comes on whenever the A/C clutch is engaged. This seems like a waste of electricity (and thus fuel) when cruising at 60-75 mph, ...
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When you replace a car battery, would anything in the A/C system be touched?

Last year my A/C was fixed. Then winter came. Then I had to buy a new car battery and so I went to a mechanic[1] who I paid to replace the battery with a new one. My question is: When you replace a ...
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Is starting your car with the A/C on bad?

I was always yelled at by my father when I was first starting to drive when I left the A/C on when I turned off the car, and then later turned it back on, with the reasoning that I was ruining / ...
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Why does my A/C blow foul smelling air when it first turns on?

Most of the time when I first turn on the A/C in our 2008 Toyota Sienna, the air that blows out has a very distinct chemical - nasty smell. After a while it seems to go away. I'm not sure if I just ...
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For cleaning HVAC with Lysol, should the AC be on or off?

Many people recommend spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray or similar products into the HVAC intake to kill mold and bad odors inside HVAC. Should the AC be on or off for this procedure? As far as I ...
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Which knob setting best cooks the mold inside HVAC?

I am trying to eliminate odors inside HVAC by cooking the mold that is presumably causing them, as suggested in http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/146/15334 (which got 39 upvotes) However, I don't ...
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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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How to eliminate odors from the vents? [duplicate]

How to eliminate odors from the vents? (The odor is noticeable, even though it's been months since I used the A/C) Many people recommend spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray into the A/C air intake, ...
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Why am I smelling exhaust inside the cabin of my car?

When I drive my car the first few miles, I smell exhaust inside the car with the windows rolled up. It happens when I have either the AC or the heat/air on... What's going on?
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When I set the air flow to Defrost, it turns on the A/C?

On a 2001 Honda Civic. Having the temp dial to HOT. When I turn the air flow dial from FRONT to Defrost (windshield), it turns on the A/C button and the A/C motor kicks in also. It just started doing ...
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RPM bouncing when in idle, especially when AC in switched on

I have a diesel common-rail 1.5l engined car. Lately I am facing an issue where the RPM needle is bouncing in the tachometer when the car is idling. The normal idling RPM is around 820. When idling, I ...
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Strange noises from AC/Dash board

So I'm hearing a creepy/whooshing sound coming from the dash board and the sound disappears when I turn off the AC. Time to have the AC system replaced? Recently had coolant replaced. Anyone ...
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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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My car A/C works sporadically, and has weird symptoms, help?

(I know I'm not the first with similar issues, but my situations way weird) Chevy Malibu Classic '04 The fan always works. But if I click the A/C button, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ...
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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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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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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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Chrysler Voyager 1997 - How to run defrost without automatic switch on the AC?

Is it possible to run defrost without automatic using the switch on the air conditioning? If so, how can I do this?
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Where can A/C condenser be located other than in front of radiator?

1953 F-100 w/ 428 Cobra Jet FE motor. I want to spare my grill and avoid putting the condenser in front of the radiator. Plus, it's already a beast to cool in hot weather, and I live in hell. (It's ...
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2003 Nissan Frontier pick up 4 cylinder

When I turn AC on engine surges up and down. Why and what is wrong. Have changed all belts, and replaced tensioner for AC.
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What causes more gas consumption - Idling with AC or Heat? [duplicate]

So I have begun doing some research on the effects of idling. So my question is, does idling with the AC or heater on affect how much gas is given off? If possible, please give the percent of extra ...
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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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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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How can I determine my HVAC layout?

Answers to Why does my A/C blow foul smelling air when it first turns on? suggest several fixes that depend on knowing where in the car they are located. I can't determine in any of my cars where the ...
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Is it dangerous not having air conditioning cabin filter?

I'v got a Hyundai Accent 2005, recently I removed the ac filter because it was too dirty and the air didn't feell well but I couldn't buy it because of work, I have 6 days without the ac filter and I ...
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2010 Volvo S80 - Cabin HVAC system schematics

Something in my sedan's cabin air system smells bad (organic bad, not mechanical bad), even after changing the cabin air filter. I have a bore scope, vacuum, compressor, and hoses sufficient that 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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A foul odor inside vehicle, like something is dead inside vehicle (Toyota Camry 2002), especially when car is not running [duplicate]

Over the past 5 days, I detected a really bad foul odor inside my 2002 Toyota Camry. It is worst when the car sits overnight, or for any length of time. As soon as I open the car door, "the smell ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells [duplicate]

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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toyota corolla 2001 air duct smell [duplicate]

My 2001 Toyota Corolla recently started smelling very foul whenever the air system was turned on. According to the research I've done online, there is no cabin air filter to change. The glove box ...
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How do I flush out bad smells in my air conditioning? [duplicate]

My car seems to have a pretty bad smell in the air conditioning. WHat is the best way to flush out these smells?
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Horrible rotten feet smell from my 2013 chevy malibu ltz [duplicate]

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 gets....
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Paint thinner/magic marker smell coming from AC

I recently purchased a 2012 Honda Civic (~36,000 miles). The AC will intermittently give off a paint thinner or magic marker smell. From what I understand, antifreeze has a sweet smell, and mold or ...
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Ac on 2006 jeep liberty

Does the ac system have to be empty to change high pressure switch on 2006 jeep liberty. I have tested everything on the system electrical and I have power ac is full of Freon but clutch will not ...
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Mist coming out vent and water leaking under dash

When I turn on ac after a while a mist starts coming out and I have a leak under dash 💨 for about a month now. What can it be? Please help
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15 ppm of CO levels inside car

I constantly measure 15 ppm of CO inside my car after a long commute (~1 hour of continuous driving, but the overall trip can take from 1.5 to 2 hours depending on my destinations before heading home)....
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Rough idle when AC is on

My Toyota Vitz 2007 idles roughly when AC is on. If AC is turned off, the idle becomes much smoother. This vibration is more visible if I suddenly stop in traffic. As soon as I stop, several rough ...
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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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Is there a way to clean air getting in the cabin?

A friend of mine lives in a very polluted city and she gets headaches every time she gets stuck in the traffic jams, lasting easily one hour. The cars there are very old and polluting, even if the ...
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What compressor type does 2010 Lexus RX450h use

I'm a student studying motive power program at a college. Our instructor gave us an assignment to find out the specific vehicle's compressor type and which component is used TXV (throttle expansion ...
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Aircon doesn't cool when car is stationary

I have a Hyundai Tucson. Recently I noticed the Aircon doesn't cool when the car is working and not moving. When I move for a few minutes Aircon starts to cool again. What is wrong ?
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Can a blend door be easily fixed/replaced in a Ford Escape Hybrid 2006? Also, passenger side airbag removal?

I recently got my AC compressor fixed, but after doing this it turns out my AC still isn't great because of a messed up blend door (according to my mechanic). Apparently this is a fairly common ...
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Mazda5 - any way to disable “recirculation off while in defrosting mode” feature?

I have Mazda5 2013, trying to fix an annoying issue - every time I set air to blow towards windshield, recirculation is turning off - and there is no way to turn it back on if selector is still in the ...
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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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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 ...