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Old 10 Jun 2008, 11:16 pm
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Default Car A/C acting up!?

Ok something really weird happened and i dunno what it is. I got an 03 civic SI coupe. I was parked for a couple of minutes and when i turned my car back on and started driving a lil bit and put the A/C on, I noticed white smoke coming from it! i was like WTF! so i stopped and parked the car and turned everything off. I popped the hood but couldnt see anything unusual. So i turned the car on again (with the a/c off) and i couldnt hear anything unusual. I turned the A/C on and it was REALLY cold for like 1 minute then went to its normal cold temp after that. Can anyone explain this? Should I get this checked out asap, or was it just some freak incident and my car is ok?I didnt smell the smoke cuz the windows were still down and escaped right away.
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Old 10 Jun 2008, 11:31 pm
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It may have been some gas escaping, bit its worrying that it came into the cabindid the "white smoke" smell?
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Old 10 Jun 2008, 11:46 pm
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maybe you should change the "coolant." You can buy this at an auto type store.
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Old 11 Jun 2008, 12:01 am
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No need to worry, everything is normal. You didn't mention it, but I am assuming that you saw a white smoke coming from the vents. This is NORMAL when the A/C is used during high humidity, especially when you have the recirc button pushed. You are just seeing what is taking place in your A/C's evaporator core. What happens when you are using the A/C is the freon inside the evaporator core is very cold, the fan blows air against the evaporator core, which makes the air very cold-nearly freezing. When the air is very damp (humid) it is possible to see the water vapor freezing-just like making ice in the fridge. It happens in my 1999 Integra all of the time and it makes me happy because I know the A/C is working well. Good Luck
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Old 11 Jun 2008, 12:16 am
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the other gentleman who said that the condition is normal is correct.what you are seeing is the humidity in the air inside the car condensing when the cold air from the air conditioning is blown on it from the outlet vent. the 'smoke' is not coming out of the vent; cold air is. when the cold air hits the warm moist air that is inside your car the water in that air condenses and you see it as smoke.The same thing will happen if you open the freezer of your refrigerator and you blow warm moist air from inside your lungs into the freezer. you'll see that 'smoke' as the moisture in the air from your lungs condenses; the 'smoke' happens outside of your body; it didn't come from inside when you exhaled.so no need to worry; its all natrual!
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