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  1. ('14-'18) 2015- Groaning AC (video) - what could it be?

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    I recently had our 2015 Forester down in Joshua Tree where the temps were over 100F. Thank goodness for air conditioning! One day we got in the car, turned it on and there was a new and very noticeable groaning or low pitch whine that only happened when the A/C was on. The A/C continued to blow...
  2. ('14-'18) 2017 - Hearing a buzzing/vibrating noise from compressor or belt with AC on?

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    Hi all, Started hearing a buzzing/vibrating noise right around the AC compressors connection to the accessory drive belt. There's also a noticeable "hiss" sound when you're inside the car and start the AC. I still get cold air, but am concerned about it - trying to run AC less, but it's 100...
  3. ('14-'18) 2017 - What should my a/c outlet temperature be?

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    2017 Forester Premium, 50k miles. My a/c was blowing 80 degree air at the top ouletlet so I took it to the dealer after reading about condensor leaks on this forum. Sure enough the condensor had a leak on the seam and the dealer confirmed its a common problem they see. The condensor was...
  4. ('09-'13) 2011 - AC blows warm at engine idle?

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    Hello! Our 2011 Forester has never impressed me with its AC performance but after 190K miles, the AC is useless at idle. I have added a little refrigerant to get the low side pressure where it should be but that only helps when the engine is revved above 1000 rpm. It works near perfectly at...
  5. 2006 - Just inherited - Grandma was a chain smoker - where do I start with the detailing the vents?

    Car Care
    Does anyone have any experience detailing and removing a very deeply rooted smoke. My grandma willed me her 2006 Forester and she chain smoked, I am going to get a fabric shampooer for the seats and carpets. I have reservations to use it on the ceiling liner but probably will still. I'm more...
  6. ('03-'05) 2004 - Bypassing A/C low pressure switch to recharge the system?

    Air Conditioning and Ventilation
    Low pressure switch is preventing the compressor from cycling on my '04 Forester XS. Book says to pull connector from pressure switch and short to get compressor to cycle so I can recharge the system. Switch connector has 4 pins. Which two do I short to get the compressor to cycle?
  7. ('14-'18) Air vent tab broke off

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    I tried searching the forums but can't find anything. Anyone else have the air vent tab break off on them? Im sure the dealership will sell me a whole new unit for $$$, I found a complete vent replacement on eBay, but I just need a new tab. The only thing I have been able to find on a google...