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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Get an insulating blanket for at least your windshield. You place this over the windshield at night, and it prevents frost from forming. The windscreen is the most difficult to get ice-free, so this ...
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What is this small vent?

It's an interior temperature sensor for cars with automatic A/C. This is on my car, a Mitsubishi Lancer it's not in the same location but it serves the same purpose.
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AC stops blowing air after a period of time

The evaporator is ahead of the heater core. If the expansion valve is faulty, it will make the evaporator core too cold. When this happens the condensation on the evaporator core freezes. This plugs ...
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2006 Lexus GX470: Convert navigation model to non-navigation?

Every web site said it was impossible. It is possible though, and surprising simple in theory. I successfully converted my 2006 GX470 from navigation to non-navigation with an after-market double-din ...
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Does AC usage change based on blower speed?

AC load absolutely varies with blower speed. On most modern vehicles (like your CRV, without an orifice tube) the amount of liquid refrigerant metered into the evaporator is controled by a Thermal ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Most diesel engines have block heaters for cold weather starting. This helps ease of starting, but also keeps the coolant at a higher than ambient temperature which helps reduce time to warm the ...
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2008 Vauxhall Astra AC not blowing cold but there is gas in the system

Has it got the clutchless compressor or the clutch equipped one (have a look in the engine bay and tell me if there's a wire coming from the compressor's pulley or a wire coming from the compressor's ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

Ensure that your washer fluid is filled with appropriate temperature rated screen wash so that it does not freeze. What I find helps is to decant a small amount of this screenwash into a Trigger ...
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Does AC usage change based on blower speed?

From my understanding, the occupants cannot control the actual pressures (and thus temperatures) produced my the AC system, nor can the occupants change the state of the expansion valve. It is my ...
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1998 Mercury Sable LS Climate Control - AC stuck on?

Does it make a difference what area the air is focused on? I know some cars will force the AC on when you have the window selected. The A/C dries out the air, which makes it absorb moisture better and ...
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My a/c goes in and out at random times. Help!

Make sure that there is not any Trash between your condenser and radiator. Leaves and grass will prevent it from cooling properly and thus making the pressure rise to a point where it will cut off ...
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2006 Lexus GX470: Convert navigation model to non-navigation?

According to this link if you can find a non-nav unit from the same year (though 03-09 seem to be interchangeable), you should be able to swap the hvac (heating, ventilation, AC) controls directly ...
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AC stops blowing air after a period of time

"I've already had about $2500 put into this issue and the Honda dealership has so far failed to reproduce the issue nor fix the issue." Unfortunately, dealers fall into two distinctive areas;...
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99 Envoy no heat from heater

I don't find a valve for this model in any parts lists, so it is likely your heater core is blocked/plugged, or the coolant level is too low to properly circulate. First, check that you have enough ...
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Cannot control heating/air due to bad DVD! (Acura MDX)

I hope this helps someone out there with a similar problem. After a LOT of research, we found out there is simply no way this can be fixed without purchasing a new DVD drive. Which we did. But, ...
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On carbureted vehicles, are vacuum lines exposed to gasoline vapors?

Many of the lines are rotted after so many years On a vehicle of that age, I replace every single rubber line without exception. I use shrink tube or paint to replace any OEM color markings on the ...
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air conditioning system

Sounds like there is a problem with your temperature (blend) door within the heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system. Here's a sketch... It sounds like the controller for the hot/cool ...
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How to clean spilled drink from dashboard and control buttons?

Wipe it with a towel of soap-water solution as it can take away the sugary content. Once done, you can use a hair dryer with mild temp.
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Ford Fiesta Titanium 90 TDCI 2008 Vents Only working on face blowers

I don't really know Fiesta but found similar case on polish Ford forum. There is one particular info that might be very useful. I'll try to translate, maybe it would show you the right direction. ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

I do pretty much what you do, but I also make sure that I am pulling in fresh air from the outside and not recirculating air, which seems to help a lot with regards to mist & condensation forming ...
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Impact of conventional clutch A/C compressor vs. Variable swash plate on the efficiency of an engine

There are two states to consider, the A/C on state and A/C off state. In the off state the cycling clutch is far more efficient. The engine only has to spin an extra bearing. This is compared to ...
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Why does the air conditioning suddenly blow cold air?

Google for "bmw e320i heater control valve" when the air con regulates the temperature, it opens and closes the valve. If the valve sticks, it may just give cold or hot air. When this happens, you may ...
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