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#724 of 763 Re: AC, power lock problems; adding BU sensors [kmartin]
Sep 24, 2006 (4:53 am)
I just have to ask.....why would they be adding any freon? You shouldn't have to touch the AC for a few years!! Not to mention that they might have added the wrong agent....it's not freon anymore....some other more environmentally friendly stuff and you have to be careful to match it correctly. I'm also surprised they covered it under warranty....really they shouldn't have. I might think twice before going back to that brake shop.
So the backup sensors....would they be sensitive enouogh to pick up say a 18 month old behind you? Just curious....it is a great feature.
#725 of 763 Re: Hesitation on Start Up [dpoole21]
Sep 24, 2006 (7:41 am)
How did the dealer determine what the problem was? Did the computer show the problem, or did you go through a lot of parts replacement?
It showed up on the computer, if I recall correctly. Not the same situation as yours, I realize.
#726 of 763 Re: AC, power lock problems; adding BU sensors [tupin]
Sep 24, 2006 (6:33 pm)
The AC had been running a bit warm for a few weeks, and since the dealer is 22 miles away, and I had it in locally (Brakemasters) for an oil change. I asked them to check it and they said it was low, and thought there might even be a slow leak. They added too much, and thus the trip to Subaru a week later when it began blowing hot all of a sudden. I think the reason they covered it under warranty was that I had told them what the symptoms were originally, so they were very nice about it. The weather has cooled considerably and the humidity is way down now, so it may be a while before I can analyze it further.
My parents have a Buick Lucerne, and their BU sensors are VERY sensitive, even at a 60-degree or more angle. Yes, I think if you were to backup slowly enough, it would pick up most anything, but caution is still the answer.
#727 of 763 Re: AC, power lock problems; adding BU sensors [kmartin]
Sep 25, 2006 (5:07 am)
So sad.... They should have a federal ruquiring backup sensor or camera on cars with a big blindspot in the rear...
#728 of 763 Re: AC, power lock problems; adding BU sensors [kmartin]
Sep 25, 2006 (5:16 am)
Sometimes I worried when I bring it to a shop like that...
They just fix it to get it working at that moment and may stop working as soon as you drive out the door. They are suppose to evacuate the system (pump out the R123A refrigant) and presure test the system for leak before adding any in...
Overcharing the AC system is dangerous.... Glad that the overpresure sensor kicks in and shut down the compressor...
#729 of 763 Dashboard blemish
Sep 27, 2006 (6:10 pm)
I accidentally rubbed the dashboard too hard in one spot and there is now a lighter spot about 1 1/2 inches round (lighter than the normal black). Is there any known way to "re-darken" the plastic surface? I tried the store-bought compound that is supposed to return oxidized surfaces black again with no luck. It seems to almost need to be stained or something. Thanks.
#731 of 763 Re: Dashboard blemish [dean7]
Sep 30, 2006 (6:24 pm)
From what you wrote I am assuming the dash is black and is a hard plastic surface. If this is correct use some Kiwi black (paste) shoe polish very sparingly, only on the "dull" area. After it "sets" polish the area gently with a cloth. This is the closest "matching" color I could find when this happened on our Forester hard plastic black dash. You could only see the area affected when the light hit it just right and you were viewing it at just the right angle.
Hope this helps.