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#15 of 59 forester air conditioner
Aug 24, 2009 (6:02 pm)
I have an 04 forester with over 100k miles. All was fine until about 3 weeks ago. The air conditioner comes on and runs cold for awhile then the air stops running cold but the blower is still on. If I leave it as is and keep driving, it eventually turns cold again for a little while. If I shut off the car and wait 1 minute the air comes back on cold and eventually stops. I am not very knowledgable about cars. When the car is running but not moving, I can here the "click" of the air conditioner coming on. If I stop moving but keep the car running with the air conditioner still on, I don't hear it "clicking" and it doesn't get cold again. If anyone can suggest something I would appreciate it.
#16 of 59 Re: forester air conditioner [forestergirl04]
Aug 25, 2009 (2:29 pm)
That is EXACTLY what is happening with mine, same age, same mileage. It works a little better when it's somewhat less hot, and at highway speeds, but still not reliable. In town, it doesn't last long at all - runs briefly and then stops cooling. My mechanic checked for a plugged drain (wasn't one), drained and recharged the a/c - made no difference. He's taking it back in next week and will check out the thermostat and see if he can figure it out otherwise. Sounds like a number of people have had this issue and it would sure be nice if someone had solved the puzzle...
#17 of 59 Re: forester air conditioner [quark613]
Aug 27, 2009 (5:33 am)
Please keep me posted if you could when you take it back to your mechanic. Thanks.
#18 of 59 Re: forester air conditioner [forestergirl04]
Sep 03, 2009 (5:07 am)
Has anyone found a solution to this yet? My 2004 Forester is doing the same thing and my mechanic has not been able to figure it out.
#19 of 59 Re: Forester AC Problems [quark613]
Sep 11, 2009 (9:23 am)
I finally took my car to the Subaru dealership. It was the head cylinder gasket. I also had leakage from the right inner axel boot and right power steering rack. So all these items are being fixed to the tune of $3200.00. The mechanic said that the head gasket is a common problem for Subarus over 100,000 miles. I have 188,000 miles on my subaru. He also stated that once all this work is done that I should get another 60,000 miles out of the vehicle. I sure hope so.
#20 of 59 Re: Forester AC Problems [dahs10]
Sep 11, 2009 (12:01 pm)
188k is a lot of miles, hopefully it'll last longer once fixed.
#22 of 59 Re: Subaru Forester Air Conditioning Overheating [ateixeira]
Dec 03, 2009 (4:46 pm)
"... Running the heat simply helps dissipate heat from the engine bay..."
The heater helps dissipate heat from the engine. The same coolant that flows through the radiator core also flows through the heater core. The radiator rejects engine heat into the engine bay, and the heater rejects engine heat into the cabin.
When the radiator alone is not enough to cool the engine for whatever reason, admitting coolant to the heater adds more core area to help dissipate the heat.
#23 of 59 Re: forester air conditioner [forestergirl04]
May 21, 2010 (10:45 am)
I have a 2003 Impreza with the same AC issues- has any one determined what it is?
#24 of 59 AC Problem
May 22, 2010 (4:03 am)
The problem with my Subaru Forester AC was the head gasket. I had that replaced for $2500.00 and now it works great. No more overheating.