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

  • Tiny
  • SamanthaA
  • 2005 Toyota Matrix
  • 148,000 miles

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?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 AT 12:41 PM

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  • KHLow2008
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  • 41,938 posts

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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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 AT 1:19 PM

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