2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette Whining noise and AC problem

Tiny
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  • 2000 OLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE
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Ac seems to be freezing up sometimes. When on 5 it will work for a bit then just shut off. Turn it down to 4 and it comes back on. Rear ac does not work most of them time but will come on once in awhile. Have replaced filter inside van. Whining noise starts at crank up and gets louder with acceleration.
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Friday, September 20th, 2013 AT 8:39 AM

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Tiny
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Just a thought, if 1--2--3--4--5 is the blower motor speed, That is the circuit I'd check out. If you think the refrigerant is low, have a shop check it out.

Any hvac trouble codes? Some of the national brand autostores will check codes for free.
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Friday, September 20th, 2013 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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Yes the blower motor speed is correct. Refrigerant is full. Checked codes at local store and nothing is showing but still no air blowing in rear vents and still freezing up during hot part of day. Whining noise starts at crank up and gets louder with acceleration and also increases in sound when AC is turned on.
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Friday, September 20th, 2013 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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That #5 in your first post, is that the front blower speed? If the blower motor isn't working, I'd have to check the blower motor and wiring circuit.

If the blower motor is running but no air coming out, I'd have to check the hvac actuators. If you think the evaporator is freezing up, I'd have to visually check and see.

The whining noise could possibly be the belt, maybe the compressor.
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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 7:51 AM
Tiny
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Just to add, I'd have to check voltage and ground to the rear blower motor. When you talk about froze-up, are you talking about blower motor being froze-up or the evaporator/whatever freezing up from moisture?

I apologize if I misunderstood your post.

Click on the wiring diagram for rear blower motor. The brown wire is voltage, the orange wire is ground. Check them both. If good voltage and ground with no blower action, suspect the blower motor.
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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 8:32 AM
Tiny
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The #5 is the front speed. It will blow air out of vents but then all of a sudden it just stops completely but if I turn it back down to 4, 3, 2, 1 it comes back on and air blows out normally. All in front section of van. When I say freezing up I mean the hair will be blowing fine on speed 4 or lower and then all of a sudden the air does not seem to be blowing as cool and I can see white air coming out of the vents. Again all in front section of van. The rear air does not come on at all most of the time but occasionally it will come on for a few minutes and then shut back off.

I have checked belts and can not find anything wrong with them but then again I may be wrong not sure. The whining occurs while ac is off and while ac is on just increases in sound with ac on. And whining increases in sound with acceleration of mph

I will try above suggestions and see what happens.

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 10:33 AM
Tiny
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Has the belt ever been changed? Also, check the tension on the belt. If the evaporator is freezing up, after you turn off the vehicle and it sits for a while, it thaws out, then the ac works normally again, for a while. Is that what happens?

You need somebody to put a set of manifold gages on the ac system, to see the pressures.
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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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I am unsure if the belt has ever been changed. I purchased the van used last year. Yes that is what happens to the ac. Exactly how it happens.

I will have someone check the tension on the belt tomorrow.

Thanks
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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 AT 1:49 PM
Tiny
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No problem, have a good day.
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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 AT 7:28 AM
Tiny
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Just got back from a shop and the whining noise is the power steering pump going out. Still have to check the ac wiring.
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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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Just for future reference, accessory noises, You can use a long metal bar, engine idling, place tip of bar to accessory housing. I place the other end of bar on that bone behind my ear, it magnifies the sounds. Check each accessory body in turn. You should be able to tell where it is the loudest. Just be careful not to get anything caught in belt or pulleys. Safety is your responsibility.

Sorry I didn't think about that earlier.
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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 AT 11:12 AM

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