A/C is only cold in 2 of 4 vents ('97 Camry)

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Old 24 Aug 2006, 01:54 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default A/C is only cold in 2 of 4 vents ('97 Camry)

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I have a 1997 Camry, V-6, auto and the A/C is only blowing cold on the
driver's side 2 left vents. The 2 right vents on the passanger side
simply come out at room temperature...no cooling on that side. The
compressor is coming on and the air that comes out of the driver's side
is ice cold...but the air on the passanger side comes out at what ever
temperature the interier of the car is at. This isn't a new problem, as
it has existed for a couple years with it not getting worse or
better...only recently are we hauling people in the back seat that I
realize the importance of getting this fixed!

If if switch it to heat, both sides will blow warm, so the issue is
only with A/C. I've also switched the lever which controls where the
air will be pulled from (inside or outside of the cabin), but still the
same problem.

The guy at Pep Boys suggested it was a blender switch problem. Have any
of you guys had a similar problem or worked on the blender switch?

Thanks!!

Dave

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Old 24 Aug 2006, 06:38 pm   #2 (permalink)
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<Dave65Mustang@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> All-
>
> I have a 1997 Camry, V-6, auto and the A/C is only blowing cold on the
> driver's side 2 left vents. The 2 right vents on the passanger side
> simply come out at room temperature...no cooling on that side. The
> compressor is coming on and the air that comes out of the driver's side
> is ice cold...but the air on the passanger side comes out at what ever
> temperature the interier of the car is at. This isn't a new problem, as
> it has existed for a couple years with it not getting worse or
> better...only recently are we hauling people in the back seat that I
> realize the importance of getting this fixed!
>
> If if switch it to heat, both sides will blow warm, so the issue is
> only with A/C. I've also switched the lever which controls where the
> air will be pulled from (inside or outside of the cabin), but still the
> same problem.
>
> The guy at Pep Boys suggested it was a blender switch problem. Have any
> of you guys had a similar problem or worked on the blender switch?
>
> Thanks!!
>
> Dave


I assume you mean the vents in the instrument panel.
How about the floor vents? Is there cold air coming out of the floor vents
when you switch from the one horizontal arrow on the switch to the two
arrows, one horizontal and one pointing down?
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Old 25 Aug 2006, 09:42 am   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I was referring to the vents on the dash.

Good question about the floor vents. I tried the floor vents and they
are not blowing cool air either. Seems like the air just is not
cooling on the passenger side.

Any other ideas or suggestions??

Thanks!

Dave

mack wrote:
> <Dave65Mustang@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1156445680.675372.115190@b28g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
> > All-
> >
> > I have a 1997 Camry, V-6, auto and the A/C is only blowing cold on the
> > driver's side 2 left vents. The 2 right vents on the passanger side
> > simply come out at room temperature...no cooling on that side. The
> > compressor is coming on and the air that comes out of the driver's side
> > is ice cold...but the air on the passanger side comes out at what ever
> > temperature the interier of the car is at. This isn't a new problem, as
> > it has existed for a couple years with it not getting worse or
> > better...only recently are we hauling people in the back seat that I
> > realize the importance of getting this fixed!
> >
> > If if switch it to heat, both sides will blow warm, so the issue is
> > only with A/C. I've also switched the lever which controls where the
> > air will be pulled from (inside or outside of the cabin), but still the
> > same problem.
> >
> > The guy at Pep Boys suggested it was a blender switch problem. Have any
> > of you guys had a similar problem or worked on the blender switch?
> >
> > Thanks!!
> >
> > Dave

>
> I assume you mean the vents in the instrument panel.
> How about the floor vents? Is there cold air coming out of the floor vents
> when you switch from the one horizontal arrow on the switch to the two
> arrows, one horizontal and one pointing down?
> >


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Old 25 Aug 2006, 02:09 pm   #4 (permalink)
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<Dave65Mustang@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Yes, I was referring to the vents on the dash.
>
> Good question about the floor vents. I tried the floor vents and they
> are not blowing cool air either. Seems like the air just is not
> cooling on the passenger side.
>
> Any other ideas or suggestions??
>
> Thanks!
>
> Dave

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I'm no expert (believe me!) but it sounds like there's a "shutter" or
rudderlike device inside the chamber which directs air from the a/c to the
vents, which isn't working. Since the switch on your instrument panel is
strictly electric, it would follow that the other end of the line connects
with an electric relay that shunts the shutter one way or the other, and
it's not working. Sounds like the Pep boys guys are onto something with
their talk of a 'blender switch'. You'll have to trace the airflow back to
a chamber (the 'plenum' chamber maybe ?) to see the shutter or rudder and
why it's not operating. You'll likely need a manual with illustrations of
the a/c system for your car. Good luck!


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