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    What would cause A/C temp to fluctuate?

    So its 106 degrees today and my '11 has always done this. I'll be going 70 with cruise control set on flat ground with the air on recirculate and fan set to 5 of 7 speed and the AC will randomly blow warm air for 1-3 secs. Is there something wrong with it or am I expecting to much of the AC system? I've rented compact cars in the past that never did this.

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    Where the hell do you live that it's 106?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Where the hell do you live that it's 106?!
    Las Vegas, NV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoofhearted View Post
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    I think mine does the same.It does when I use the heater.

    I haven't used the AC yet this year.So I don't remember if its the same with the AC.

    Must be the Climate control trying to maintain the set temperature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post

    Must be the Climate control trying to maintain the set temperature.
    I have it set to what ever the lowest temp is so I don't think that is the case.


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    It's normal if your pressures are correct and the thermostat is working I suppose. If you are concerned, have someone check those things specifically.
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    Mine does the same...both hot and cold

    I would be willing to bet that it is the system momentarily running uncooled/unheated air through the system to check what temp the cabin air is at.

    I suspect this as an unexpected side effect of the economy temp specific thermostat. If it were old-school, you would not have temp numbers on the dial, and would have to manually modulate the temp/fan speed. With the system having designated numbers (65/75/85), and auto fan speeds, it has to have some way of accurately reading cabin air temp. Unfortunately, a standard passive thermostat like your house has (one lead somewhere central with either a coil or a thermocouple) is not sufficient in a car as in most locations it would read radiant temp readings from the surrounding metal and interior parts. So you will need some sort of fan to force air past the thermostat that is isolated from metal parts or interior trim parts that are directly exposed to the sun. I know, in a perfect world, it would have a separate fan system that sucked sample temp air from the cabin and shot it outside silently, but that would add weight, so no thanks.
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    This thread makes me glad I have the manual controls. Never have a hiccup with AC or heat delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonWRX View Post
    Mine does the same...both hot and cold

    I would be willing to bet that it is the system momentarily running uncooled/unheated air through the system to check what temp the cabin air is at.

    I suspect this as an unexpected side effect of the economy temp specific thermostat. If it were old-school, you would not have temp numbers on the dial, and would have to manually modulate the temp/fan speed. With the system having designated numbers (65/75/85), and auto fan speeds, it has to have some way of accurately reading cabin air temp. Unfortunately, a standard passive thermostat like your house has (one lead somewhere central with either a coil or a thermocouple) is not sufficient in a car as in most locations it would read radiant temp readings from the surrounding metal and interior parts. So you will need some sort of fan to force air past the thermostat that is isolated from metal parts or interior trim parts that are directly exposed to the sun. I know, in a perfect world, it would have a separate fan system that sucked sample temp air from the cabin and shot it outside silently, but that would add weight, so no thanks.
    That makes sense. I wish there was a way to dissable it like pulling a fuse or disconnecting a wire from the sensor. I never have it set to anything other then what ever the max cold is.

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    So its been happening so much that I feel like there is something wrong. So I made a appointment amd I feel like they are just going to give me the run around. Over the phone he said the system does cycle on and off while I'm driving but I don't understand why it would cycle off if its still hot in the cabin and really hot outside. I don't know how AC systems work so what I said might not make any sense to someone who knows about this kind of stuff.

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    Did some digging, and I have two possible causes.....

    One, if your cabin filter is real dirty it could be restricting the air flow, causing the AC to disengage so the evap does not freeze solid.

    Two, take it to the dealer and have the freon level checked. If the freon is low, the pressure switch could be causing it to disengage/re-engage sporatically
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    Thanks for checking on that. The car has 9k miles so maybe the cabin filter is dirty but I doubt it, ill check it. The dealer said they will check the levels and fill them up of they are low. Is this something that should be covered under warranty or should I expect to pay for it? Car was bought in Oct '11

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    AC freon level should be under warranty I would think...it has not even been a year. Not to mention if it is low, I would have them check for leaks. The cabin filter will not be a warranty item.

    For the filter, strongly recommend doing it your self....my dealer charges like $89 to do that (man, what some people are willing to fall for)
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    Yes I will do it on my own. What's the recommend interval for changing the cabin filter?

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    the interval is in the back of you manual, but I think it is like once a year or every 15K miles (which ever comes first)
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