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Old 07-14-2008, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Taking my 09 into the dealer tomorrow for a check on a short cycling AC compressor...1600+ miles...

Cycles every 20 seconds / off / on...and no water drips from beneath the car after the AC has been run for a while and then the car is parked...

Also reported as an issue on 08 Outbacks on the outback forum...

Also a known issue on earlier 20xx models of the H6 versions of the Outback...

Symptoms are the compressor coming on / off every 20 seconds, and the air blows from cold to luke warm to cold...

Could be low on refrigerant, a plugged condensor, an open circuit on the magnetic clutch / revolution sensor, etc...

I will report back on solution and satisfaction of the dealer handing of the issue.


Report following service check - NTF; it does cycle ( evidently designed to do that to prevent freezing up of the water in the evaporator )...

Also noted that the newer 134 does warm up a bit faster than the R12 when not being compressed...hence the notice of slightly warmer air when the compressor cycles off.

Dealer service department was very gracious; no issues..
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