Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Jersey
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
AC Runs Intermittently 04 Forester
I have an 04 Forester with over 100k miles, automatic transmission, base model. The air conditioner had been running fine, then one day it started blowing warm air when I was in stop and go traffic. Once I got going, seemed to be fine again. Now, the air conditioner comes on and runs cold for awhile then the air stops running cold but the blower is still on. If I leave it as is and keep driving, it eventually turns cold again for a little while. If I shut off the car and wait 1 minute the air comes back on cold and eventually stops. I am not very knowledgeable about cars.
Last year, I had a local shop empty and recharge it. No leaks detected. Still had the problem. My mechanic said there seemed to be some wear on the clutch, but he wasn't sure if that was it and it's a $600 job to replace and it might not work.
Found some other people reporting similar problems with 04's but didn't see any firm suggestions re fixing problem.
This is the latest info - Seems to run best when the fan is in the 4 position - I can get all the way to work (35miles) in hot humid weather and it stays on ... I freeze, but it's on! The minute I turn the fan down, the cooling stops.
Called my local dealer and they want to do the recharge again - said no known issues with 04's.
Any help would be appreciated,