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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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What is the purpose of AC re-circulator?

I think every car has re-circulator functionality in AC control panel. But I don't really use it, because it fogs up all of the windows. What is the purpose of the re-circulator?
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1995 Mercury Mystique - No more cool air from AC

I've got a '95 Mercury Mystique that I have been trying to fix the A/C or for awhile (as budget allows). I just had an overhaul from the shop... Had a new compressor installed - the old one had ...
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ac compressor empty anything to worry?

Recently I just had a small crash that broke a plastic flange from my ac system. I checked around to be sure nothing else is broken and it really look like this is the only broken thing. The ...
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1991 lexus ls400 v8 AC condenser removal

I recently crashed my Lexus ls400 and damaged the ac condenser, I don't really want to waste cash on it what can I do to cancel AC system?
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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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Will I damage my car if I don't fix evaporator core leak?

Pretty sure my evaporator core has a leak, super expensive to fix. Can I just charge it 3 times a year or so? Is this going to damage my car?
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Mazda 3, temporary acidic vinegar/mayonnaise smell

Lately I have noticed, just after switching on the A/c, I smell some sort of a vinegar/mayonnaise mixed smell for about 5 mins, post which it disappears automatically.What could be the possible cause, ...
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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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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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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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Unable to redirect airflow from floor to defroster, etc.in 2006 Cobalt

I replaced the heater / AC control module, but the airflow deflector still doesn't change. It is stuck on floor. It sounds like the module is trying to change, but nothing happens.
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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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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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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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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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External air mode smells bad [duplicate]

My Hyundai Sonata 2008 smells sour, when the air ventilation is set to external rather than internal. I always immediately turn it to internal air to avoid the smell. Where is the ventilation hole/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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No airflow on any driver side vents

1993 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Elite. Hello, I have an odd problem where the driver side vents have almost no airflow coming out of them. This is for all positions, so no combination of defrost/vent/...
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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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A/C only kicks on when set to defrost

07 Town & Country - The a/c compressor only kicks on when I have the it set on defrost. When I move the setting to vent or anything else it blows cold for about 3-5 mins then it gradually gets ...
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Why does the air condition climate control suddenly blows cold air?

I have a BMW 320i 2008. When I turn on the hot air and Automatic recycle, after a point, it blows cold air for 5-10 mins, then back to hot and so on. This doesn't occur when I put the recycle on. Any ...
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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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Inverting the A/C VSV Switch

I bought a 2E Carburetor for my 4G13 Engine. My Problem is that 2E Carburetor Idle Up A/C Vacuum Actuator needs vacuum when the engine is on and when the A/C is On, the idle up vsv will be Off (or no ...
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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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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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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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Ford Escort overheats when switching FROM highway TO city driving

I have a 1998 Ford Escort with 113k miles. It's never given me any major problems before, except for the AC going out about 4 months ago (details to follow). In the past week while driving with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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2003 Toyota Camry 300 rpm with AC on

I have a 2003 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder with the AC on it runs at 300 rpm and stalls. What could be my problem and is there anyways to adjust the idle?
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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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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 ...