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Old 06-08-2008, 09:53 PM   #1
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I would say my a/c is blowing cool and not cold. When I turn the fan up to 3 or 4, the fan is blowing stronger, but I can't say its blowing much colder. Its a 06' T baja
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:09 PM   #2
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I feel your pain. The eco-crap is good for our environment, but not nearly as good as the old stuff. I think I'd like to find a way to underdrive the compressor or something, but that would probably break everything. This 114 degree heat will make me do some crazy things though!

P.S. I in no way endorse or am actually thinking about underdriving anything on a Subaru.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:52 AM   #3
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Thought I'd share some info on my A/C woes.


I think my `04 Turbo has had a slow A/C leak since I bought it from the original owner back in `06. Eventually it will leak out to the point where the compressor will kick on but virtually no cooling takes place. This is because there is so little refrigerant in the system, but enough pressure for the pressure switch to kick the compressor on.

I've put some dye in the system but never saw any leaks. I even tried (I know it's sad..) some STOP LEAK in the dang thing thinking, well if it doesn't stop it I'll have to find the leak, evacuate the system, fix and charge so why not. It didn't help.

This last weekend my dad & I went over as much of the A/C system as we could see with a big powerful UV spotlight. My dad btw doesn't do much refrigeration work on cars, but he's done commercial A/C for a long time; spent a lot of my teenage years helping him too. Anyways, no suspect spots found. Checked both coils, compressor, receiver, hoses, etc. Also took a professional freon "sniffer" to the system as well, but nothing. But we did see a small collection of dirt/oil on the entrance to the condensor (radiator). I'm going to try and replace that O-ring on that gasket sometime after most of the refrigerant has leaked out again and see if that does anything. He said he's seen systems leak oil sometimes and not leak dye - not very often - but sometimes.

Hope this info is of help.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:14 AM   #4
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sorry no problems here, even at the hotest part of the day (see cliffhangers 114 degree refference cause we live in the same area) i just start the car and about five minutes later the cab is nice and cool. we'll see when the system gets some more miles on it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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Mine works marginally well...cool, but not ice cold. Had it to the dealer when I first got it last year, tech says it's work as designed. I don't remember what the temp was at the vent.

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Old 06-10-2008, 08:14 AM   #6
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No problems here, the baja's got the aerodynamics of a refridgerator and an interior just as cold. You guys with the problem might need a recharge.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:34 AM   #7
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I can put a full charge in the system that may last anywhere from 2-4 weeks, and then it starts to lose it's cooling capacity. This is due to the system leaking refrigerant somewhere.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:13 PM   #8
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Old thread, but still have a problem with my AC. Had it back to the dealer AGAIN, different tech, same result...it's working as designed. I'm not buying it!!!

Any suggestions, except to take it to another dealer? Still under warranty and I can clearly show that this is an existing problem that's never been solved.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:56 PM   #9
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I'd take it to another dealer.

My A/C went out, it was one of the pre-fab hoses from the compressor. It leaked at the crimp from the rubber hose to the metal tubing. Wasn't cheap

Since I use the A/C darn near 9 months out of the year (Phoenix, AZ), working A/C is mandatory, so it was worth it.

One thing I have noticed with the A/C on the Baja, putting the fan on '3' provides the coldest output. The '4' fan setting actually feels warmer.

Just a note: if a tech or service department recommends that you just come back every year to "top off" the refrigerant, don't go back to them. Go find a shop that will spend the time to find and fix the leak (i.e. another dealer, or a dedicated A/C shop). A/C systems are closed loop systems that aren't supposed to leak.

A good A/C tech won't just check the hose lines, they will check the condenser (outside), evaporator (inside), and compressor. Granted the weakest link is generally the O-rings at hose couplers, or the hoses themselves, but you never know.

I had one car that the evaporator had a micro pin hole leak in it, it was only found when they took the evaporator out of the car and tested it.

Another vehicle had the compressor go bad, no visible/detectable leaks, but when pulled out and torn down it found that it was an internal leak issue.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:54 PM   #10
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Think I'll take it to another dealer. I just bought an AC thermometer from Advance Auto. Hasn't gone lower than 60 degrees in the vent...tested it both this afternoon in the sun and 87 degrees outside, and tonight at 79 degrees, same result.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:29 PM   #11
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Good tips Guzzler.

My system actually held refrigerant for a good 4-5 months now it seems but it's starting to run a tad low again. Eh, either that or my windshield just needs a thorough cleaning from the inside.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:39 AM   #12
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Good tips Guzzler.

My system actually held refrigerant for a good 4-5 months now it seems but it's starting to run a tad low again. Eh, either that or my windshield just needs a thorough cleaning from the inside.
Thanks!

One last tip from an A/C tech (one that I trust), run your A/C at least once a month in the off season. Just for couple of minutes, you can even do it with the heat dial set to 'hot'. Although this car does that automatically with the defrost setting. But for those who don't have to deal with defrosting (me for instance), this keeps the O-rings lubricated so they don't dry out and crack, then cause a leak.
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