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#154 of 193 Re: waygrabow [z71bill]
Oct 06, 2006 (5:15 pm)
That's the correct procedure (remove/replace refigerant) to check the a/c charge. The machine that does that also filters out any air or water. While the stuff doesn't wear out, it does leak a little bit and can get contaminated, usually on old sytems where there's a leak. The dealer is not BSing you with this test.
#155 of 193 AC woes
Oct 27, 2006 (12:36 pm)
i know the 2004s had an AC issue, so i purposesly waited for the 05s.
My AC has been ok. It's not near as good as my 95 ford F250s power stroke's AC, but that things AC is TOO cold.
Anways, I live in houston and during the summers i keep the recirculate on and at level 2 for standard driving around. Oh course, levels 3 and 4 are used for initial cooling, but after that 2 does fine.
ALso, tinted windows obviously help a ton.
#156 of 193 Re: AC woes [poe1]
Oct 27, 2006 (10:52 pm)
poe1, u neglected to mention if your 3 has auto climate control?
#157 of 193 Black interior part of the issue?
Nov 04, 2006 (12:55 am)
I seriously wonder if the mandatory black interior on most models is a big part of the problem?
I live in Atlanta and I'm very hot natured. I hate the summer heat here and every day when I got in my car to go home from work it was sweltering. Far worse than the gray interior on the Accord I had before it.
But within minutes, it is always cool and comfortable. Never had any passenger complaints either. Maybe I'm just lucky so far?
#158 of 193 Re: Black interior part of the issue? [allfiredup]
Nov 04, 2006 (10:58 am)
NO, the black interior is not a BIG part of the problem, it does make it a little warmer because black absorbs light. Other car companies have a black dash and they don't necessarily have A/C issues.
Ever wonder what that little dome thing on the dash is? It's light sensor for vehicles equiped with auto climate control and those with 2004/2005 models with auto climate don't have a problem.
#159 of 193 Re: Black interior part of the issue? [ex_tdier]
Nov 06, 2006 (7:08 am)
I thought the dome thing was for the automatic headlights? Read in my manual that there is something right around where the ignition is that was supposed to sense the auto temp controls? Granted mine is an 07 but they shouldnt be that different should they?
#160 of 193 Re: Black interior part of the issue? [bigfur]
Nov 06, 2006 (10:56 pm)
I thought the same, but no. Try covering it up with a black cloth or another dark object during daylight hours. Mine doesn't go on. I think it was in the Mazda3 online Shop manual that said it was a A/C Light Sensor. There is ANOTHER sensor by the ignition, it's a round oval grill shaped on the console.
#161 of 193 Availability of A/C in a 04 Mazda 3i?
Jan 06, 2007 (10:25 pm)
I was checking a Mazda 04 3i at an auction site. The car has both the AC and the heater buttons. When I press on the heater button, the small light on the button is turned on. But, when I press on the AC button, the small light on the button is not turned on. Does this mazda has an AC? I don't notice anything else is blowing through the fans, but it could be due to the cold outside temperature.
A huge draw back with auction cars is that I can't test drive them.
The car has cruise control, power windows, power door locks.
Jan 07, 2007 (1:05 pm)
Look under the hood - if it has a compressor then it has AC. If you don't know what a compressor looks like - then look for the condensor - its right in front of the radiator - sort of looks like a small radiator.
Or look under the hood at the firewall - if you see two silver colored metal lines (tubes) one with a cap market with an H (high side) - the other with a cap market with an L (low side) then the car has AC.
#163 of 193 Re: newbee7 [z71bill]
Jan 08, 2007 (7:50 pm)
Thanks. Now I know what to look for.