WHEN I RUN MY AC WHEN IM IN STOPANDGO TRAFFIC MY...

2005 Toyota Matrix

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SamanthaA

November, 29, 2012 AT 12:41 PM

When I run my AC when I'm in stop-and-go traffic, my temperature gauge will skyrocket to the "red zone." My car will start to smell like burning rubber/plastic, and if I don't catch it in time, orange liquid will come bubbling over and spilling onto the ground. If I'm driving on the highway though, it's completely fine. I know the car is essentially overheating. Any ideas on why and how to fix it?

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KHLow2008

November, 29, 2012 AT 1:19 PM

Check the cooling fans, seems they are not working. While on the highway, air flowing into the engine compartment is sufficient to keep the temperature down.

Turn on A/C and not if cooling fans comes on.

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