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Old 05-16-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Idea My Method of Cooling my Car Off w/out Running the AC

Well over the past 3 years I've been running the fan in my Vue without having to turn on the AC compressor in order to cool my car down in the summer. I stumbled upon this idea by accident when I turned the fan on and placed the blower selector over to the front windshield defrost indicator. The air that blows through the cabin feels so cold it's as if I'm running my AC. So far I have not taken a hit as far as gas mileage and power loss as a result. Have any of you tried this?

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Old 05-17-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: My Method of Cooling my Car Off w/out Running the AC

Well, I used to do that back in '94 until I realized that I was running the A/C compressor which is exactly what you're doing. When you use the defrost mode, the A/C kicks on. The A/C light won't come on but trust me, it is on. Check your owners manual

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Old 05-17-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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I had to read this a few times to get it.....how exactly do you thing that air is getting cold?

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Old 05-20-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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I had to read this a few times to get it.....how exactly do you thing that air is getting cold?
Thanks for the clarification I had no idea the compressor was running. In my SL it only runs when I depress the AC button.

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Old 05-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the clarification I had no idea the compressor was running. In my SL it only runs when I depress the AC button.
in defrost mode, your AC compressor is running, no matter what car

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Old 05-23-2009, 12:04 AM   #6
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Default Re: My Method of Cooling my Car Off w/out Running the AC

IMO the load of the AC compressor is so minuscule you can't see any mileage impact whether or not you use it.

On the Scanguage it added ~4% to the total load on the engine.

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Old 05-23-2009, 11:53 AM   #7
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4% is still 10 hp...

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