The Problem Restated and Clarified
Over the past few months the air conditioning sometimes take 5-10 minutes of the car either idling or running before any cool air is generated. It's not a question of cooling the car down or even blowing the hot air out of the ducts, it is positively NOT allowing the compressor or some part of the system that must kick in for cooling to happen at all, until some sensor or switch flips, then it cuts on and immediately puts out very cold air. In other words, its not something to do with a gradual change in the temperature of the air coming out of the vents; it operates for a few minutes as if it is on fan-only and then, in a fraction of a second it seems, the air suddenly turns extremely cool and stays that way. Once it has kicked in and operated normally for at least, oh, 15 minutes or more, it will usually start putting out cool air within 30 seconds or so after re-starting. However, once the car is off for a few hours it reverts back to delaying the a/c from cooling for that 5-10 min. Delay.
The service team insisted that it was caused by low coolant even though it cools perfectly after the initial delay.
On 07/09/10 it was checked, the a/c was discharged, and refilled. Of note, It was re-gassed with leak dye and I was advised to return in a few days to check for leaks.
I still have the problem!
Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 10:31 PM