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#357 of 537 Re: Recirculate does not increase cooling. [bobw3]
Jul 07, 2008 (6:35 pm)
hi, i'm writing in regards to the a/c problems ....i bought my honda fit may 2, 2008. i have not used my a/c since i bought it .....i recentky used it thusrday 6/3/08 for a short period due to the fact that ( like everyone else) the air was not coming out like it should of been ...lets just say it was alot cooler to have the windows down then to have the a/c on and i came home and my car sound like it was over heating ...it made the sizzling nosies ......then o saturday i decided to turn on my a/c to see if it would run any different ....well nothing but hot hair came out ...turned it up high made sure that the knobs was turned all the way to blue lol....put it on full blast and and the a/c wouldnt get cool .....so i took it the a honda car dealership and they said that a tiny rock or from the dubree that was up there ...mind you i have only had my car for 2 months and only 2,000 miles ...please if anyone is having the same problem ...please let me know
#358 of 537 Re: Recirculate does not increase cooling. [crookj]
Jul 09, 2008 (1:15 pm)
For my 07 Fit Sport, the recirculate does provide cooler air vs the open vent. When you have the vents open, especially on a muggy and humid day, you will feel the humidified air mixed in with the a/c air. Maybe your vent is either not opening or closing?
To begin with, the Honda Fit a/c is not strong. On a 75 degree day, having it on 1 is not enough. I usually switch from 2 to 1 to 2 to 1 just to get the right mix and this is with the temp gauge at max blue.
My old 2005 Mazda 3i with beige interior had an unacceptable a/c (known issue). On a hot day and at max fan speed/max blue temp, it blows just cool air (not cold).
#359 of 537 A/C cooling fan running frequently
Jul 29, 2008 (6:02 am)
(HOST: Reposting this here because it's NOT a "comfort" issue)
I've noticed that when I run the AC, the car's fan seems to start and stop rather frequently--on for a couple of minutes, then off for about 20 seconds, then on again.
Anybody notice the same thing, or does this sound like a faulty gauge of some kind? I know that A/C is supposed to operate in cycles, but this seems really frequent.
(I've owned small cars before, but I don't remember such lively fan behavior. )
#360 of 537 Re: A/C cooling fan running frequently [gr00v3]
Jul 29, 2008 (10:42 am)
I was wondering the same thing. My wife and I picked up her 08 orange blaze auto fit on friday and I did not notice the fan while driving, but sure do when outside the vehicle with it running. It is probably normal for this car. Sorry that I could not give you a better answer.
#361 of 537 Re: A/C cooling fan running frequently [madams1]
Jul 29, 2008 (12:26 pm)
I have touched on this before but as I read others experience with the Fit AC I am concerned as I live in Arizona. I have a 09 Fit ordered.
I went through a couple of summers with a BMW with weak AC and I won't do it again!
I guess I will wait and drive the car before cancelling the order. Hopefully the AC for the 09 has been improved.
#362 of 537 Re: A/C cooling fan running frequently [retire36]
Sep 11, 2008 (12:36 pm)
Hi . . I am the new owner of an '09 BLACK sport navi auto. Part of my time is spent in Palm Springs, Ca. . . .Car is fantastic. Cools fast. I want to add that I had medium tint, with reflection put on most of the windows. Driver's and front passenger got very light tint due to CA. regulations. Great car. Does everything well. Pete
#363 of 537 Re: My AC [pueo]
Sep 11, 2008 (7:50 pm)
In my 69 chevelle it would literally blow ice crystals out the vents. Times have changed. Tiny car, High MPG means a tiny compressor. You're the first poster to discuss the idea of "cycling" the AC system on when the engine might be under less stress like going downhill. I believe that if the hill is steep and you might actually have had to hit the brakes for safety's sake anyway then it's better to "harvest" your forward momentum to cool your car. I actually believe it's better for the long term life of the car to EVEN out ther stresses on the drive train. It's somewhat like choosing a lower gear to "brake" going down the mountain rather than using your true brakes.
#364 of 537 Re: Weak A/C? [hqly2001]
Sep 20, 2008 (12:26 am)
I went through Consumer.org (paid $39 for three monts of total access to ALL sales and performance info ~ the seller made NO money off of me!
Prior to selecting the car, I read about the 'not too hot' A/C performance and agree with you. I am trying not to use the A/C all of the time, as I used to. Seems to help with mileage. I went from 20 mpgs to 30. The car has 1,350 miles now, so I am over the break in hump and hope to move up to the 36 mpgs the Fit Sport Automatic is known for. I do not think servicing your A/C will help.
In northern CA we've had nasty heat waves well into the 100s. I do as little driving as possible on those days. I also cave and use the A/C intermittently when I must drive distances on those days.
#365 of 537 Get your windows tinted
Sep 21, 2008 (12:56 pm)
I had the windows on my 08 Fit tinted (30% tint) two weekends ago. That was the best $145 I have spent so far on the Fit! The solar heat gain in the car was cut at least in half, and the car cools and stays cooler a lot better.
#366 of 537 Re: Get your windows tinted [gsakala]
Sep 28, 2008 (3:09 pm)
I agree - my windows are tinted 35% with a windshield strip and it really makes a difference with the heat. The A/C is adequate - but I have noticed a pull on the engine power when in use. Still helps enormously on the really hot days though!