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Old 06-16-2007, 01:44 AM   #26
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My wifes has an 05 Baja and she always says her a/c never seems to get cold, or takes 10 minutes before it does. I hooked it upto a set of gauges and the high / low pressure seemed at the correct ratio and pressure for the temp it was ( dont remember the #s now) but wasnt overly low or high. Ill have to check it out more in a month maybe when it gets hotter. I have a big selection of 134 rated o rings, might have to leak check it and re seal whatever it is. Usually its only fords that leak when new. My 03 wrx was much colder and came on in seconds, even at 98,000 miles.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:33 AM   #27
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127K and you've never even needed to fill it up? Holy shhhit is Collegeville Pa anywhere near Antarctica?
That's right, no problem. I'm close to Philly. Maybe I'll ask about having it serviced next time I take her in for an oil change. If it makes you feel better I've put 3 grand into the car from Feb to April. And last time I was in to have the check engine light looked at they said the computer was indicating a bad catilitic converter. I had a new converter put in at 90000 miles. So now it looks like I need that... again! I'm learning to live with the pleasant amber glow of a check engine light! So if the AC is the one thing that is working and hasn't given me a problem....GOD BLESS ME!!!
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:32 PM   #28
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Angry AC problems with my Forester

Ok, I understand that this is the Baja forum, but anyway, here you go. My 04 Forester's AC wasn't working this spring. I just took it into the service dept (Russell Subaru, Catonsville, MD). They recharged the system, and said bring it back if the AC wasn't working. (total cost $222, but that included an oil change. Figure the diagnostics were $180, pretty darn high if you ask me! ). I took it back the next day (trip Number 2). They then said that both pressure hoses were leaking, and it would cost another $630 to fix it. I said F that, and called Subaru USA to complain. I suggested that for a car not even 3 years old to have these parts fail was ridiculous. After going back and forth, they suggested that they would cover 1/2 of the second cost (none of the first). Well, if you're trapped by the service guys, what do you do. I said whatever, and took it back in. (Trip #3) I get a call later that day, they've managed to order in the wrong parts. I then take it back in this last week (trip #4). The AC is fixed......sort of. The air that's now coming out is mildly cool, but certainly not cold.

So......what should I do? I realize now that I should have insisted on getting back the "defective hoses", (still maybe possible, they just worked on it on Friday).

Do these charges seem rather high?

Also, as a note, I noticed that the shop adds on a Total Misc. Charge, this time of $50. I asked what that was. I was informed that covers shop rags and lubricants and such. I suggested that was way too much. I was then told that they add 17% to all labor charges, max of $50.

Now I don't mind paying reasonable rates, and I do understand that things fail, but jeez, it doesn't make me feel too happy with ole Subaru in general, and this service dept. in particular.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and any and all comments will be much appreciated.

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:46 AM   #29
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Default Trip #5....

Took the car back in today, and the tech suggested that the AC wasn't cold enough. I think that he has a sense of humor, because he suggested that the only new leak he could find was.......the Schrader valve........which had just been replaced . He said that it spurted at him, a clear sign that it was bad. So trip 5 will result in trip 6......at least.....

Heavy sigh....
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:55 PM   #30
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i just put over 100k on mine about a week ago, and i've been noticing in the past few weeks it takes longer to get cool. when i first got it it would freeze you out 10 minutes down the road with it on 1, now i have to leave it on 2. now, my wife thinks the dealer screwed it up when they replaced my head gaskets about a month ago. but i'm no sure what they would even need to do to the a/c when replacing the h/g.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:03 PM   #31
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trip # 6 resulted in the problem being fixed!!!! Well, it was fixed for about 12 hours. Trip #7 resulted in the tech "finding" that it was now either the evaporator box or some O rings. Don't know the new cost yet, their computers are down.....
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:37 PM   #32
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Dude.. why are you still taking your car to this dealer?...
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:49 PM   #33
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Dude.. why are you still taking your car to this dealer?...
An excellent question. Well, have you ever felt like you've gotten yourself invested in the process? I figured that since they kept replacing the same parts, all of that would not incur additional costs, which of course has been true. It is the closest dealership (under 10 minutes), my favorite is down in Annapolis, about 35 minutes away. The part that really sucks is I'm just trying to get this car ready to sell, and the damn thing is going to put me in the poor house. I just bought a new one before this problem has cropped up.

I'll update this thread when I have more.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:57 PM   #34
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Subaru A/C sucks. I just bought a Fusion and it gets nice and cold. I have to even turn it down in 100 days (60 to usually 70 or more).


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Old 08-23-2012, 11:42 AM   #35
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Default fans stop at idle

I know this is an old thread, but, my AC will start to blow warm/hot air if at idle for more than 2-3 minutes. I recharged the system, didn't take much, and PSI is about 55lbs. It's cold when cruising.

The other day the car started to run hot after idling for 5-10 minutes (Hot Florida sun). Coolant was a bit low and it took about 1 quart of coolant...has been OK since...

The issue seems to be that both radiater/cooling fans will turn off after the car idles for more than a couple of minutes.

Anyone else experienced this problem? I'm thinking maybe the fan relay is bad and where is it located?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:22 PM   #36
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The a/c system in the Baja isnt anything unique. Its just like any other Subaru a/c system. You will have better luck posting in the Service/Maintenance forum since this is not really a Baja-unique problem.

But, if I had to take a guess I would say that the fan relay or a/c clutch relay is bad. Probably shuts off when it gets hot and turns back on when it cools off. JUST a guess though.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:39 AM   #37
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Default Condenser Fan

My mechanic says the "right/passenger side" fan motor isn't working and this is causing the overheating and AC compressor to stop running, resulting in warm air blowing when idle. I'm not sure if he looked at the fuses and/or relay, but will find out tomorrow.

He's quoted me something like $250 for the repair (part & install). Says the fan assembly alone is $200. I can order the following from Rock Auto:

#600550 Engine Cooling Fan $47.79
#610550 A/C Condenser Fan Assembly $42.79

Assuming it is the fan motor that's failed, is the "right/passenger side" fan motor the A/C Condenser Fan??
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:04 PM   #38
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Default AC Condenser Fan Turbo vs. Sport?

Does anyone know if there is a difference between the Baja Turbo and Baja Sport (NA) AC Condenser Fans? I'm thinking this may work?

VDO FA70182 Condenser Fan Assembly : Amazon.com : AutomotiveVDO FA70182 Condenser Fan Assembly : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:03 AM   #39
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Update. Frustrated now that I had this -
VDO FA70182 Condenser Fan Assembly : Amazon.com : AutomotiveVDO FA70182 Condenser Fan Assembly : Amazon.com : Automotive
shipped to my mechanic and the plug is different. Everything I've researched for OEM part #45131FE030 for the 2006 Turbo shows this part as plug and play replacement...UGH.

The 1st picture is the original condensor (passenger side) fan plug.
The 2nd picture is the original condensor fan, motor, shroud assembly.
The 3rd picture is the 2-prong plug from the replacement assembly.

Has anyone replaced their condensor fan(s)? Did you use OEM Subaru parts or does any aftermarket work? What am I missing?





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Old 09-12-2012, 10:43 PM   #40
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do you have the time to swing over a junk yard to find a used one because my opinion most subaru's must share the same the cooling system. But it all depends if your car is auto or manual of course. Sorry, fortunately I haven't changed my fan yet.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #41
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Default 05' Baja A/C

I bought my 05' brand new in November of 04' 240,000+ miles later I've only had to refill, and replace the belt.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:23 AM   #42
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Well, I ended up picking up the OEM #45131FE030 and replacing the condensor fan motor. Although it seems to be OK, the radiator fan seems to never kick on now.

When is the radiator fan supposed to kick on? Can someone, in the south where it's hot, turn on the AC and let me know which fans kick on and when...when the car is idling for a couple of minutes?
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:12 PM   #43
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Hey Jeff, do you have a scan gauge? The fans kick on the when the ECU sensor reads 200deg f. On the N/A I don't know if it's different for the turbo's because they use a different ECU.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #44
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I just got my baja 05 turbo and the ac runs fine for a while then suddenly it stops throwing cold air then it starts cooling again what can cause that problem
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:00 PM   #45
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I just got my baja 05 turbo and the ac runs fine for a while then suddenly it stops throwing cold air then it starts cooling again what can cause that problem
On some of our cars the AC will turn off if you floor it... so if you are driving hard that might be it.
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