Just out of curiousity, do you drive around with the air conditioner on all summer? I rarely ever use it, but the two times I have something horrid has happened, and the engine always seems to lag and sound a little funny when its on. It's probably a total coincidence that the 2 times in 3 1/2 years that I've had problems were a day after running the air, but just wondering if anybody else has noticed the GTO doesn't seem to be very fond of air conditioning?
I rarely use it as well. But for what its worth, everything seems fine when i put mine on. I come from a family of small 4-bangers, and if you want to go uphill, you take the AC off... Kinda' just turns into habit after a while. I learned to enjoy the summer air, even if it is filled with noxious crap.
Yea, I definitely don't need it and prefer the windows down. The last time I ran it, I didn't know the water pump wasn't working right, so it was probably overheating anyway and running the air was probably just the tipping point that made the problem really obvious. I guess its probably just better to keep it off.
I live in Southern California in an area where it tops 100 degrees in the summer. I use my A/C when necessary and haven't experienced any problems using it. Sure it uses some of the cars power, all A/C systems do but with the kind of power these cars have it's really not that bad.
2005 Pontaic GTO - CGM 6 Speed (My car)
1983 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista (My daily driver)
2010 Mercedes Benz C300 Sedan (Wife's car)
2014 Kia Rio LX (Wife's daily driver)
I'm down in the Houston area of Texas, we got 90% humidity and 100+ degree heat. i use my a/c all the time. i have noticed that when i give it the gas without down shifting, the a/c compressor shuts down momenterly, but the fan stays on. this results in humid air coming into the car for a few secs, but it goes away as soon as i resume driving normaly.
i've had other cars that have done this too, so i'm if there is a power loss, its when your not demanding much power anyways. could be vacumn acuated or somthing
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