Tag: air conditioning

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why does the gas pedal in my car release when i brake hard or turn on the air conditioner
Jul 21, 2016

Unintended Acceleration with A/C Running Wasn't by Design

Dear Car Talk

Jon's Ford Fairmont gained some uncool pep when he turned on the a/c. 

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can modern cars handle cranking the air conditioning during steep ascents
Mar 22, 2016

Can Car Talk Solve Marital Dispute About the AC?

Dear Car Talk

Bill and his wife had a car years ago that would overheat on steep grades if they ran the AC. They've upgraded their cars since then but now they disagree on whether they still have to use the heater on inclines. Who's side will Car Talk take? 

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Mercedes ML430 clicks when AC is on
May 21, 2015

How Much Would You Pay to Fix "Annoying"?

Dear Car Talk

Ken's car makes a clicking sound when the AC is on the coldest setting. The problem is gate motor but the fix involves taking out the entire dash. What does Car Talk recommend?

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Why do cars no longer have vent windows
Apr 28, 2015

Where Have All the Vent Windows Gone?

Dear Car Talk

John just got around to replacing his '73 MGB and he's missing the vent windows. Why do new cars not have these? Find out, here. 

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Honda Civic AC blows hot air
Apr 10, 2014

Dealer vs. Independent Mechanic: AC Trouble

Dear Car Talk

Steve's Honda Civic needs some work done to his AC. The Honda dealer said the compressor is shot, but Steve's local mechanic thought it might just be some faulty sensors. Find out who Tom and Ray think is right, plus how Steve can find out, right here.

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why does the air conditioning fail and the heater come on when pulling a trailer up a hill
Dec 04, 2012

Today: Luke's Hot Texas Tour

Dear Car Talk

Luke's band's tour van is having major AC problems. Nine guys plus one hot van plus one Texas tour equals one pretty stinky situation. Can Tom and Ray succeed where other mechanics have failed and figure out what's causing this?

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do I need to slow down before I turn on the air conditioning
Jul 26, 2012

More Air Conditioning Myths

Dear Car Talk

Someone once told David never to turn on the Air Conditioner at highway speeds, and he's been faithfully following this advice for 40 years. Now he worries that he's got it all wrong. Can Tom and Ray explain what's really going on when you fire up the AC? 

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do i need to wait for the engine to warm up before i turn on the air conditioning
Jul 24, 2012

Today: Will AC-Misuse Destroy This Marriage?

Dear Car Talk

Heat makes Skip cranky, but his wife won't turn on the AC until the car has "warmed up". Can Tom and Ray set them straight?

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Cars without AC
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Will Thomas's cheapskate boss see reason?

Dear Car Talk

I do not have an air conditioner So what you say There are many cars on the streets without any air conditioning most of them old rusted-out beaters But I have a Chevrolet Cobalt base model XFE My boss bought...

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Does the temperature dial affect the AC
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Rita's mechanic is full of hot air when it comes to the AC.

Dear Car Talk

I was told today at an auto-body-repair shop that the temperature dial on my car the one that is half-blue and half-red is NOT a thermostat for the air conditioner and that I should NEVER touch it when the air...

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