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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-31-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Air Conditioner?

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?
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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.
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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.
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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.

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I dont use mine either...

the only time i ever use use my A/C is when my windows fog, or its pouring and hot. otherwise i really have no use for it...i may yank it out to save some weight in the future
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I dont use mine either...

the only time i ever use use my A/C is when my windows fog, or its pouring and hot. otherwise i really have no use for it...i may yank it out to save some weight in the future
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I haven't experiences any power loss with the AC on. I rarely use it because I prefer the window down, but when it gets humid... it sucks.
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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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I'm in SC and use it constantly. Can't tell any difference in power between on and off. The AC in mine is extremely effective.
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A/c? What's that? I pulled mine to save some weight, get more air flow to the radiator and have a little extra room under the hood. It usually doesn't get over 95 here so i don't mind.

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