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How do I fix my Heater & A/C in my car, suspect vacuum problem?

I didn't see this question asked after a search so I thought why not. I have a 97 GMC Sonoma with 90k miles that I barely drive. Since the hot summer is coming fast I went to use the AC and I am ...
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2010 TDI Jetta Strange A/C Pressure Readings

I recently replaced the compressor and dryer at the suggestion of a nearby shop. I've charged the system and the high side reads a solid 100psi the low side cycles between 70 - 110. Cycle time is ...
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How often should you get your air conditioner checked and serviced?

Every year I bring my car (now almost 3 years old) to the garage for a check up. When I bring it the people from the garage usually ask if I also want the extra air conditioner check and servicing. ...
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Mercedes CL500 Water pump & AC

I am no mechanic and do not have any mechanic knowledge etc and would like to hear from experts here regarding an issue. My query ... On a Mercedes CL500 (2002 model) the water pump, idler pulley ...
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Is Lysol a good treatment for the musky AC smell? [duplicate]

So i bought my BRAND NEW Corolla 6 months ago. Recently i started smelling a musky smell coimg out of the AC. The smell is especially persistent when the AC is off (yes OFF, not ON) So I went to the ...
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My feet turn black

I left the pedicure salon, started my car and drove less than 3 miles to pick up something from the store, when I stepped out of my car my feet were black... and I don't meant just from dirt, It ...
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Can a car AC unit be run on just the car battery?

This might be a silly question but I was wondering if a car AC unit be run off entirely on battery or alternator? As this could help in Preventing power loss during important times such as ...
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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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My Ford Focus 2009 has a lot of vibration when the A/C is off?

Most of the time cars vibrate when you turn the A/C on, but mine is the other way around, when the AC is off the car has a lot of vibration, if I turn on the A/C it will stop vibrating, I already went ...
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How to troubleshoot a fan that won't work unless it's on it's on the highest setting?

My car fan won't work unless it's on 4 (full power). I have 4 options of power for the fan 1 - 4 but nothing happens on options 1 - 3. I have taken the panel off and cleaned all the contacts for 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 ...
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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 ...
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Ford Explorer Weak Air Flow Defrost/Air Conditioning

My 2002 Ford Explorer developed a weak defrost late in the winter (I don't drive it all that much) and now in summer the air conditioning has a very weak air flow -- doesn't cool anything. I'm sure ...
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On my '99 Grand Am the electric windows, A/C, dash gauges, speedometer stop working sometimes

Sometimes they come back on in a few minutes but sometimes it's hours or maybe a day and they will all start working again at same time. Other things like radio, CD player, cruise, horn, wipers, door ...
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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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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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2001 Plymouth Neon-Smell coming from vents when on

Whenever I have the heat or ac on in my car it smells fine until I stop. If my car is not moving and the heat or ac is on it smells something like exhaust. Sometimes it is stronger than other times. ...
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Honda Odyssey engine cut out

I have a 1997 Honda Odyssey automatic, it stopped running in the middle of the road and when I tried starting it again it made a loud whining sound, then I turned the key off and tried again and it ...
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2009 Civic DXG leaking a LOT of fluid from AC drain tube, coolant low

Does the A/C compressor run/engage under certain conditions (like defrost) even if A/C has not been on for a week? We got a puddle of about a 1/2 liter of (confirmed) clear water under the car ...
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Highest Fan Speed on AC/Heater Blower no longer works.

I've found a couple of posts here about blower fans that only operate on high speed, but the issue I'm having is the opposite. All of the fan speeds work except for the highest speed (really the only ...
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Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

For some time, my Jeep has had something leaking or draining into the carpet in the front-passenger floor space. My mechanic has told me that the AC drain keeps getting clogged by leaves and such, ...
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2009 Chevy Malibu 2.4 off and on temp Gauge on C, No AC and fan comes on right away

My Chevy Malibu (2009 2.4) is acting a tad whacky! It either acts totally normal, or all below occurs at the same time. . . 1) coolant fan(s) come on when I start car 2) temp gauge stays on C (dead) ...
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AC blower won't turn on after replacing battery

I have a U.S. 2011 Volkswagen GTI. After the car wouldn't start (starter would crank but engine would not turn on) I decided it's probably time to replace the battery, and did. Car starts fine, but ...
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Detect AC(on/off) and Window(open/close) of CAR using OBD

Is there any way to detect AC(air conditioner) and Window(open/close) using OBD? I am putting links below for the OBD reader but I am unable to find any way to detect the AC(air conditioner) and ...
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1999 Toyota RAV 4 Car Stops when AC is powered on after driving for a while

While driving my 1998/99 Toyota RAV 4 car for sometime with the Ac powered on, the engine goes off. Once i start the car, it responds and it does not stop at all when i off the AC, once AC is on , ...
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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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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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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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AC Cooling stops at high speed

My car ac works very fine in normal conditions. But when I drive it for awhile longer, and often at high speed, it stops cooling. I can still hear the fan sound loud and clear but air flow decreases a ...
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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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Ford Econoline Van AC Failing

If the vents start putting out hot air when accelerating or driving up hills but are ice cold when idling, is that a sign of a failing blower pump or leak? I am dealing with a Ford Econoline E350. ...
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Honda Brio AC Problem

My Honda Brio EMT 2015 model is having AC problems. The AC mechanic says the problem is in the ECM. Please enlighten me whether the BCM controls the AC or ECM does.
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2014 Toyota Matrix: inadequate AC

I bought my car in November 2014 and from day-one the AC doesn't seem to work very well. In the winter when it's set to defrost the windshield, there is a lot of fog build up on the glass, and the air ...
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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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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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Jetta 2001 gls 2.0, AC clutch won't come on!

I have a problem, 2001 Jetta 2.0 GLS, installed entire new system, compressor, clutch, dryer, expansion valve, worked great for about 4 months then nothing. Clutch won't come on. ACted like it was the ...
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Huge puddle of water under car

I parked my Dodge Viper after driving for about two hours (in July, ~90°F, AC at full blast). Half an hour later I noticed a huge puddle under the engine, on the passenger side. I am pretty sure it ...
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Should I use a shorter accessory belt?

I've had the A/C discharged on an older truck (2001 Grand Cherokee 4.7L v8), and soon I plan to remove the entire A/C system, specifically, the compressor. Is there anything that I should be ...
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Does recirculated cabin air pass through the air filter?

In general, does air recirculated in the cabin (i.e. when the re-circulate button is engaged on the dash) pass again through the cabin air filter? I know that the cabin air filter filters outside air ...
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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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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?