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Old 07-30-2001, 12:54 PM
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A/C Only blows cold when driving car 93 300 SL

The a/c in my 93 300 SL will only blow out cold air when the car is moving. Whenever I come to a stop the air gets warmer. I also have noticed that the compressor does not sweat hardly at all. Any takers on the problem and should I let a Mercedes dealer look at it or should I try to find a A/C Shop.
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Old 07-30-2001, 03:34 PM
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It sounds like low freon level due to a leak.
Have a good independent MB mechanic look at it. MB dealerships are for warranty work or very last resource.
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Old 07-31-2001, 11:10 AM
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I've seen this happen when the aux fan doesn't work on hot days. It is the aux fan's job to cool the AC radiator when no air is moving across the coolant. This is the same as the radiator fan for the engine coolant.

That could be your case if this only happens when it is hot. Check the fuses and confirm that the fan comes on. It should only take a few minutes at idle with the AC on for the fan to engage.
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Old 07-31-2001, 12:10 PM
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The aux fan for the a/c will not come on if the freon level is low. This is a 2 speed fan , [ low speed for a/c],and it is activated by the high pressure sw. at the reciever/drier. If the freon level is low , this sw. cut in spec. will not be reached due to too low a high side pressure.

I would check both the sight glass for freon level and test the aux. fan circuit by jumping the two wires coming off the high pressure switch. If the fan works with jumper, than suspect freon level low. [ or remote possible bad sw.]

The high speed aux. fan circuit on your model is an aid for engine coolant temp. and is activated by a coolant temp sensor at higher than normal engine temp, regardless of a/c funtion. [ on or off].
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Old 08-15-2001, 02:24 PM
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I finally broke down and took the car to the dealership. I was informed that the freon was low and that the only way the positively detect a leak was to place dye in the system (for a $175 fee) and allow it the opportunity to work its way through. I was told to bring the car back when I experience the problem again. The system is cooling very good now, however I noticed when looking in the class window on the canister that it boubles whenever the aux fan kicks in. I was curious if this indicated anything or not. Any insight would be appreciated.
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That is a good sign of correct charge.
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