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You are in the Nissan Maxima
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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
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Nov 15, 2003 (5:14 am)
It is not a vehicle defect.
Once you leave the auto Hvac setting, the system has been engineered to allow you complete control, including where the air is directed and the fan speed.
Auto means the car runs everything, you just choose the temp.
Anything other than manual, your responsible for choosing the way you want it to operate.
Nissan has had virtually the exact same auto Hvac system in production (operation and control wise) since it debuted on the 1995 Maxima in late 1994.
I have it on a 95 Maxima GLE, a 00 Maxima SE, and on a 03 Murano.
I just set it and forget it.
As far as the heated steering wheel goes, I've no experience with them but it sounds as if it may be defective. Aren't you still under warranty?
#1602 of 4184 econ setting
Nov 15, 2003 (6:06 am)
I too have an 02 SE...
Isnt the econ setting for use with A/C?
What would the econ setting do when used for heating(not defrosting)when other resources(beyond beyond fan/blower pulling heat from the engine)are not used?
#1603 of 4184 heated steering wheel and econ setting
Nov 15, 2003 (6:56 am)
I do not believe the heated steering wheel design is defective. It heats up very quickly (within one minute) and maintains that high temperature for about four to five minutes, and then drops off significantly and supplies low heating. This makes sense because you do not need the sustained high temperature once the interior of the car warms up, which usually takes no more than 10 minutes.
As to the econ setting, I believe its main function is to provide air circulation plus heat in the winter. You may also use it to "cool" down the car's inside temp., but its cooling effective is limited to the outside temp. When you turn on the econ setting in the winter, the fan does not go to high because, I believe, it is designed to maintain engine temp first, and until the engine is warm enough, the fan does not automatically move to a higher speed. Once the inside car temp reaches your desired setting, the fan speed (as well as the vents) will be regulated automatically to maintain that setting.
I have auto climate control in both my 96 GLE and 03 GLE. The only difference I find is that in the 96 GLE, the recirculate button does not activate the dehumify function of the A/C, but so with the 03 GLE. Does anyone share my experience?
Nov 15, 2003 (9:08 am)
"the recirculate button does not activate the dehumify function of the A/C, but so with the 03 GLE. Does anyone share my experience"
That sounds odd...I havent tried it
Since recirc is not real helpful when defrosting/dehumidifying, I just manually set it where I want it.
#1605 of 4184 Climate control system
Nov 15, 2003 (9:57 am)
Just to restate the above.
1. If heating is required (determined by what temp you set it to), the system will not bring the fan speed up until there is heat in the heater core. Except when you press the defrost button. Then it runs the fans and A/C to blow dry air on the windshield and side windows. It's still cold air, but dry air is very effective. The A/C drys the air by the way.
2. The "Econ" mode is really for summer - it turns off the A/C, when you just want the system to blow air from outside or even just recirc. inside air, but not have the A/C going on and off. Obviously, if it's too hot outside the fan speed will just continue to increase to maximum. If you want the fan to come on when there is no heat, you have to select "Man" mode (which is selected automatically if you start to mess with the controls).
Oh, and if Nissan is reading , please!!! put in heated steering wheels first. They are needed more than heated seats. Hard to drive with big mits on. My hands get very cold in my Pathfinder LE (no heated steering wheel option). Probably not needed in the southern US, but up here in Canada, when it's winter (now) it's often below -10 C (-16 last week, warm now at +3 C).
#1606 of 4184 pathstar, blh
Nov 15, 2003 (3:55 pm)
Pathstar, the heated steering wheel feature has been available in the Max since 02, but you can't purchase it as an isolated option. If I recall correctly, it comes with the cold weather package, which includes heated seats, heated outside mirrors and maybe traction control. I cannot recall the various option packages because for my 03 GLE, I ordered everything, including all accessories, except NAV.
Blh, the recir. button, from my understanding, is supposed to be used when you don't want outside air come into the cabin (such as when the truck in front of you is giving out noxious fumes) or you want to accelerate the cooling in the summer or the heating in the winter. I am just surprised that the recir button in my 03 GLE activates the dehumification function.
For defrosting or dehumidifying, I simply press the defrost/dehumify button because that is its function!
Nov 15, 2003 (6:02 pm)
for some reason causes your windows to fog up in the winter. I use it only in the summer to keep the car cool. It's more efficent because the car is just cooling already cooled air versus hot air from outside.
Its really amazing how no one understands this button when switching from a domestic to Japanese car. It basically the same as "MAX A/C" that the domestics used to have. I like it better because you can still choose where the air comes out.
Nov 16, 2003 (8:30 am)
First, my request to Nissan was mostly concerning the Pathfinder (or any other model that currently does not have a heated steering wheel).
As for Recirc. Yes it does turn on the dehumidification function, because the humidity will build up inside as no fresh air is coming in to keep it at a reasonable level. We humans exude lots of water . This is why the windows will fog in the winter as well. I never use recirc., but then I live in a climate where "max. A/C" is never needed. brrrr!
#1609 of 4184 04 maxima headlights
Nov 16, 2003 (4:54 pm)
does anyone know why nissan deleted HID headlight and replaces with halgoen when selecting driver preferred pkg( or elite pkg)
Nov 16, 2003 (7:21 pm)
Where does the front passenger air bag come out of?