Tag: air conditioning

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Honda Accord broken AC
Sep 01, 2011

Emily's air conditioning is broken. Should she accept defeat?

Dear Car Talk

I drive a two-door Honda Accord miles or so with a lot of personality One of her quirks is that she doesn't have a functioning air conditioner I personally don't mind but I have a dog and I need to...

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PT Cruiser AC emits mist
Aug 01, 2011

Today: Bobby's PT Cruiser is making its own weather.

Dear Car Talk

I own a Chrysler PT Cruiser which I purchased new Since I live in Hawaii air conditioning is a necessity My PT has never given us any problems and has had all scheduled maintenance Last week while driving in a...

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is it bad to run the air conditioner while sitting in traffic
May 01, 2011

Is Katie's husband right to keep the AC off when stuck in traffic?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I recently purchased a new car. My husband refuses to run the air conditioning in heavy stop-and-go traffic or if we are sitting in the parked car. When I ask him what the reason is, he says...

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Can water reduce need for car AC
May 01, 2010

Will dumping cold water on your car cut down on the need for AC?

Dear Car Talk

There is a teacher in our community who regularly can be found pouring buckets of cool water over his vehicle before starting it on warm days. His claim is that the water cuts down on the time needed for the...

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Volvo 940 with broken AC
Jul 01, 2009

What's the best way to stay cool in an old car?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1995 Volvo 940. Late last summer, my air conditioner seemed to lose some punch. Since summer was ending and the AC was blowing just cool enough to make things comfortable, I didn't bother fixing it. Now, with summer upon...

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best way to clean air conditioning ducts in my car
Sep 01, 2007

Today's class: ridding your car's air-conditioning ducts of dubious odors.

Dear Car Talk

How do you clean the air-conditioning ducts in your car? Thank you....
 

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Aug 01, 2007

Can Tom and Ray help Fred extract a cell phone from his daughter's AC vents?

Dear Car Talk

My daughter has a uniquely equipped '91 Toyota Corolla. It now features a cell phone IN the air-conditioning unit! The car doesn't have louvers that direct the air, so the air comes through an open space on the dash. Anyway...

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Apr 01, 2007

"It's a bad idea to run your air conditioner when you're driving faster than 50 mph." Fact or myth?

Dear Car Talk

On a recent cross-country trip (South Carolina to Nevada) with my boyfriend, we had an air-conditioning issue, which I'm hoping you can help us with. I wanted to make a cell-phone call, so I put the windows up (for quiet)...

air conditioning myths

Mar 01, 2007

Recirculate versus fresh-air: Tom and Ray settle one family's bet. On the line? A steak dinner.

Dear Car Talk

I was driving with my dad on a road trip to see my nephew graduate from boot camp at Paris Island. The air conditioning was on, and I was cold. I noticed that my dad had the air conditioner set...

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Mar 01, 2007

Should Ryan really be bypassing his car's air conditioner compressor to get more performance?

Dear Car Talk

I am an 18-year-old guy, so naturally I am trying to get as much performance out of my car as possible. I recently developed the bright idea of bypassing the air conditioner's compressor with a shorter belt -- just for...

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