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Aircon playing up - first frozen morning

Discussion in 'Ibiza Mk3 (2000-2002)' started by dave_6, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. dave_6

    dave_6 Active Member

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    Hi,

    2001 ibiza cupra

    never had a problem with the aircon in the 2 years i've had the car

    worked fine yesterday afterwork, I had to heat the windows and left the A.C on for a bit while it was doing it


    This morning was the first time this winter that the windscreens been frozen over, was damn cold

    anyway, went to start the heaters and yep blowers all worked ok, but normally the A.C starts itself when you turn the blowers on, today it didnt


    I pressed the aircon button and the A/C sign comes on for half a second then went straight back off..... did that each time I tried to press the button

    I'm hoping its just a fuse but wondered if anyone else had ideas before I started poking around in the cold tonight, and in the dark!



    guessing when the gas is used up or there's a leak it still tries to come on with the a/c part, and it would be a big co-incidence if the gas runs out at the same time as the first freeze over here

    The heaters warmed up in the usual time


    thanks
    Dave
     
  2. Ruddmeister

    Ruddmeister Everything in Moderation

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    Could well be shutting itself down, IIRC the AC compressor is automically shut down below 2 degC

    Try it at lunch time when it's warmed up a little
     
  3. jezyg

    jezyg Active Member

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    As said below 2-3 degC aircon compressor will not work to prevent freezing up of the system.
     
  4. Fl@pper

    Fl@pper Back older greyer and less oilier but always hope
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    usually the frosty symbol on display too when it's in hibernation mode
     
  5. dave_6

    dave_6 Active Member

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    cheers guys

    I had a feeling it may well be to do with that, I checked the temperature on the trip computer at start up as that was one of my ideas and it was 0.5 degrees, then checked again when I got to work and it was 1.5 degrees and A/C wouldn't start, was hoping it would've been a little warmer by then to check the theory


    makes sense though and puts my mind at ease knowing there's not something that'll need money spent on it
     
  6. andycupra

    andycupra status subject to change

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    its clearly never been cold in the 2 years you have had the car... ;)
     
  7. dave_6

    dave_6 Active Member

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    lol clearly my driveway is magic and has always kept the temperature around the car above 2 degrees until now

    must just not have noticed at all previously.... weird
     
  8. andycupra

    andycupra status subject to change

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    no worries, i look forward to your post about coolant temp light and bleep at start up when its cold too ;) - although im sure you know about this..
     
  9. merlin051

    merlin051 Oil Burner!

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    Yeah, below 4.5(frost icon) the aircon wont turn on immediatly, after you've been driving the car for about 10 mins and it warms up, youll be able to turn it on.

    This can be a pain in the @$$ if your external temperature sensor(passenger mirrir) is defective, like on a hot summers day when teh car thinks its -2! and your just left with no choice because the damn thing wont work!

    Anyone know if it will turn on if you unplug the sensor?
     

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