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#27 of 46 A/C issues with my 07 Outlander
Jul 24, 2007 (9:38 am)
I am about to hit 6000mi with my 07 Outlander, so it means another oil change. I do my oil change at the dealer since I am very confident of their service, and the service manager is a friendly guy. They did both the front-end knock and wind rattle issues done without any problems so far.
I haven't been using the A/C that much until recently when summer got into full swing. I noticed about the A/C fan/clutch cycling often (every 15-30 secs) which is normal as I've read from the previous postings here. So I've no questions about that, just a bit surprised when I started noticing it.
The real issue I have right now is about the cold air being not distributed evenly. Pictures paint a thousand words so please refer to the picture below. Everytime I run the A/C, I only get cold air blowing through the vents on the driver side (shown in GREEN circles). The passenger side vent (in RED circles) does not get cold air at all. Even with blower settings set to blow on the widshield or bottom/foot area, only the driver side gets cold air, not the passenger side. I tried to set set the blower to AUTO, still the same. A/C mode to auto and manual, all the same. And this is with a passenger on the the passenger seat, just in case this vehicle is that smart to figure that out.
Any thoughts or similar experience? Share your experience so at least I can relay to the Service Guy if any other vehicles are experiencing the same problems, and this might actually warrant another TSB if proven to be on most vehicles.
Aug 04, 2007 (4:04 pm)
I dunno, I havent noticed this, but I cant stand the constant fan clutching. Plus the condensation is ridiculous. There's a puddle under the car within 10 minutes after running the AC. Not sure if this is normal or not for AC, but never noticed it on my last car, a toyota Spyder.
#29 of 46 Re: AC [pettroll]
Aug 08, 2007 (8:44 pm)
Turns out the A/C lost most of it's refigerant. The vehicle somehow shuts the passenger side cooling off and diverts all cool air it can make to the driver side, well, that's what the service manager told me anyway. I was afraid they'd start ripping off the dash and fix something in the cooling ducts but it wasn't that bad as I expected. Now I get goosebumps from the cold even when it's 100+ F outside. The Outlander has one of the best A/C I've experienced in a car, so I can really tell when my Outlander started to lose it's cooling power because the cabin temp isn't as cold as it used to be. And to add, despite the frequent A/C cycling, which the Outlander does to save on gas because of the A/C's efficient cooling, I barely noticed a drop in my gas mileage when the A/C is on.
Well, condensation is always good when talking about the A/C. Looks like it's a good sign of a good A/C doing its job.
#31 of 46 Air Conditioner leaking inside car on passenger floorboard
Sep 09, 2007 (8:40 pm)
On my 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, I recently noticed that when I turn to the left there is a sound coming from under the dashboard on the passenger side that sounds like I'm driving through a puddle of water. After paying closer attention I saw water dripping from under the dash when turning. When the A/C is off, there is no noise or water leaking. It appears to be coming from the A/C device but I can't tell exactly where. Any idea what might be causing this, the fix and cost?
#32 of 46 Re: Air Conditioner leaking inside car on passenger floorboard [mitsu2003]
Sep 11, 2007 (8:31 am)
Without knowing exact locations on that year's outlander, here's the problem. The AC condensor under the dash has a drip pan for condensation. There is a hose attached to the drip pan that drains the water out under the vehicle. Your hose is blocked or kinked. You need to find where the hose on the passenger side and clean it out or make sure it is otherwise not kinked. Sometimes looking from under the vehicle, you can find the outlet end and work back from there.
#33 of 46 Re: Air Conditioner leaking inside car on passenger floorboard [tcp2]
Sep 13, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I had this same problem on my old Honda Accord. Once you find the hose you can try squeezing the length of it to unclog it or straighten it if kinked. In my case it was clogged from leaves and debris.
#34 of 46 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander A/C Issues
Aug 18, 2008 (12:44 pm)
My husband and I have noticed that at times when our 03 Outlander is in park the A/C begins blowing air (not cool air), then all of a sudden you can drive and the cold air will start blowing again... any thoughts to what problem we are looking at here?
#35 of 46 Re: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander A/C Issues [jeng025]
Aug 19, 2008 (5:36 pm)
I would start from coolant, if it hasn't been replaced yet. The other simple one to check/replace is thermostat. The reason computer shoots off AC compressor is too high engine temperature, so additional sources of heat are switched off. As soon as you start driving, cold air from outside help with cooling, and AC can run again.
#36 of 46 Re: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander A/C Issues [jeng025]
Aug 22, 2008 (9:32 am)
I've something similar on my '99 Galant. Both AC and heat seem to not really be working right when the vehicle is stopped. I notice it more at long stoplights while in Drive v. in Park but then I rarely sit for long periods in Park. What seems to work for me is to not run the fan on the highest setting. On lower settings the problem doesn't seem to come up.