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Old 07-11-2003, 01:57 PM
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Lightbulb W202 air conditioner

W202 1998 C230: In very hot weather (>95 F), the a/c compressor cycles on and off at idle, and does not maintain cold air. This typically occurs when sitting in traffic.

The compressor, dryer bottle, a/c switch/sensor, and associated a/c rings have been replaced. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:14 PM
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If your car has AUX cooling fans, I would check those. I would not recommend replacing any mechanical components before the electrical systems have been checked out.

In general, in a W124, AC compressor is usually turned on and off every 20 secs if the engine is overheating and to prevent AC components from freezing.

There are numerous senors in the AC system which can also cause a problem, but the AUX fans seem like the most likely cause.

Does the engine overheat while the car is stopped?
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:19 PM
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No, the engine does not overheat at all. The auxillary fan can be heard prominently (car sounds like a jet as it comes down the road). I cannot imagine that this is normal.
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:23 PM
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This thread may help you diagnose the problem. On mine, this was caused by a faulty evaporator temp sensor.
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:28 PM
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Thank you for the thread. Great pics of C & E class!
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1990 W124 300TE
1985 W123 280TE (sold)
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1981 W123 240D (sold)
1980 W116 280SE (sold)
1980 R129 450 SLC 5.0 (sold)
1975 W115 240D (sold)
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Old 07-11-2003, 03:49 PM
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Yes - "short cycling" describes the problem. The refrigerant system was evacuated and recharged, but perhaps there is a leak. Is this possible? What would cause the leak? What would be the possible location(s) of such leak? Why would it only occur in very hot weather, when the engine is hot?



Thank you for the information.
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1997 W202 C230
1990 W124 300TE
1985 W123 280TE (sold)
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1981 W123 240D (sold)
1980 W116 280SE (sold)
1980 R129 450 SLC 5.0 (sold)
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Old 07-11-2003, 04:52 PM
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What you describe is called "short cycling" and is an indication of a low refrigerant charge.

Hope this helps,
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