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Old 02-27-2001, 08:58 PM   #1
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Angry Is your A/C useless?

Is this another common sube problem (like rattles)? I turn on my a/c and it's not even cool. It's just neutral air blowing out. I heard that a/c uses chemicals. Is there any way I can put in some super strong chemicals and get freezing cold a/c? My 92 camry had a/c that was like a freezer and it never ran out either. That was one thing I loved about that car.
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:01 PM   #2
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Mine runs great. Nice and cold. If you've got a '01, you should still be in warranty range. Have a dealership check it out. It might be a leak or a bad compressor.

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Old 02-27-2001, 09:02 PM   #3
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If you have an underdrive pulley, the A/C is ineffective below 1000 rpm, so if you're sitting in traffic, you're screwed!
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:12 PM   #4
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Your out of luck if you like the cold air comming from your 92 camry cuz back then they use R-12 for the A/C system but now they use R-134a which is supposed to be better for the environment. But I noticed that R-134a is not as cold and seems to leak more frequent. Oh BTW I heard people put propane in the A/C system to charge it up. This is bad since propane is explosive when heated. I guess that is why you see some car on the side of the road with smoke coming out of the hood during hot days. Also I have seen self recharge kits that you can buy are flamable..
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:13 PM   #5
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I don't like my dealer, plus it's a bit of a drive. I'd rather just put some strong chemicals in there myself if possible. And my car's stock. (for now)
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:17 PM   #6
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dangit! how about an a/c swap? i don't want anything explosive or flammable in my car! a/c is really important to me. it gets hot in sunny ol' CA, esp in summer.
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:21 PM   #7
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Mine's nice and cold... try picking up an r134a recharge kit (you can get the things at Walmart now) and recharge the A/C system.

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Old 02-27-2001, 09:24 PM   #8
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New AC's use new refrigerants, I don't think you can change it. Propane was used before CFCs, watch car go boom...

It's quite possible that your AC is just not hooked up. A number of people found that the dealer had never plugged it in. Maybe someone here can tell you where to look.
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:42 PM   #9
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Mine's working fine.
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Old 02-27-2001, 09:49 PM   #10
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Find the AC high pressure line near the firewall--it's copper-- and add additional pipe insulation. It is partially covered stock.

Increase the insulation and you increase the efficiency of the AC system.
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Old 02-27-2001, 10:01 PM   #11
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A few things could be going on here...

First of all, your AC may just be broken like some people said. But also, Imprezas will de-activate the AC temporarily while the gas pedal is floored. If you have a lead foot, this could be a problem. Also, maybe the sensor that detects WOT could be malfunctioning.

Or maybe your A/C is working fine, and you're just spoiled by the Camry, with its Freon based A/C.

Also, if you get a nice dark tint on all the rear windows, that should help with the efficincy of the A/C.
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Old 02-27-2001, 10:21 PM   #12
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Mine doesn't work either. Of course I live in Alaska and never get a chance to use it. Can't say that I miss it much. . .
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Old 02-27-2001, 10:58 PM   #13
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I only use my ac in certain situations..
1) hot out and females who care about their hair are in.
2) windows fogged up.
3) um. nevermind. I only use it when other people don't want the windows down or when the windows are fogged.
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Old 02-27-2001, 11:21 PM   #14
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I drive my car pretty lightly. No lead foot here. I probably am spoiled by the camry a/c, but I'm SURE this a/c is not cool at all. My passengers agree too. Anyone have info on recharge kits? I don't want my car to have explosions or catch on fire... I guess I might have to resort to going back to my crappy dealer Does a/c ever run out?

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Old 02-27-2001, 11:26 PM   #15
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I think the kits from walmart have HC (Hydro carbon, fuel)in them.. Make sure they don't have HC or anything flamable in them.
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Old 02-28-2001, 12:12 AM   #16
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You can get the re-charge kits anywhere. If you don't trust wal-mart, try autozone or something. I have seen them all over. I almost got one for the wifes firebird but I procrastinated.....good luck. BTW I think the kits are like $25 plus anyway. Besides while your at the dealer you can get a couple oil filters and some crush washers.
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Old 02-28-2001, 06:21 AM   #17
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How new is the car?
If it was me I would take it to the dealer so there wasnt any out of pocket expences, except maybe gas.
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Old 02-28-2001, 06:42 AM   #18
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You can take it to any Subaru dealership and they will fix it if it is broken. I would not recommend you recharging the freeon in the AC unit yourself, I have heard some really bad stories. If it is leaking they will fix it for you under warranty.

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Old 02-28-2001, 06:49 AM   #19
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I agree. If the car's an '01 and it needs charging already, then it's probably leaking and won't stay charged if you do it yourself. If you don't like the dealer where you bought the car (like I didn't) find another one for your service (like I did). There are good ones out there, and they all want your business.

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Old 02-28-2001, 06:51 AM   #20
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Before you run out an buy a recharge kit be careful... Your problem might be that the AC is OVER CHARGED already!

This happened to me on a 93 honda after I bought it new. The A/C was not cooling well and I brought it back to the dealer. They said it had too much coolent and released some of it and it worked fine after that.

Your best bet is to take it to any Subie dealer and have them check it out. (Your car is too new to be having it kind of problem already. Subaru should fix it for you.)
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Old 02-28-2001, 07:54 AM   #21
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first check to see if the compressor is plugged in!!
before doing all that expesnsive stuff.. mine came from the factory disconected
..small connector directly on top of A/C compressor
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Old 02-28-2001, 08:47 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the replies! But before I go off to a sub dealer, does anyone know how can check if my a/c is connected properly? (if it's not too complicated) FYI, My RS has almost 800 miles on it.
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Old 02-28-2001, 08:57 AM   #23
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Where's the firewall? Where's the a/c? Where's the compressor? Sorry, I'm clueless
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