Climate control problem

Mike Miller mikemilr at
Wed Feb 11 14:22:24 EST 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Ellis" <tom at>
To: <200q20v at>
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 11:11 AM
Subject: Climate control problem

> I've had my 20020v for a bit more than a year, and every winter I have the
> same problem.  In cold temperatures the AC compressor will not turn on,
> either in Defrost or Auto modes, which means I can't de-humidify the
> interior windows.  I took my son and a friend skiing last week and once we
> reached the mountains (and cold temps) the inside of the car windows was
> literally dripping, and I had to steer with one hand while continually
> wiping off the windshield with the other.
> Looking at the Bentley manual I found a reference that seems to indicate
> that the compressor will not operate at low temps.  Is this correct?  If
> not, does anyone have any ideas about what my problem might be?  And if it
> is correct, do all the cars have this problem?  I love the car, but not
> knowing if I'll be able to see while driving isn't much fun!

The compressor will not kick in with the temp lower than 38F. It sounds like
you have a broken flap return spring. It's in back of the glove box. Open
the glove box, drop the screws that hold the grate in place and you will see
the flap. Cheap and easy to fix.

mike miller
helmville mt

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