So this issue has been bugging me enough lately that i had to sign up today to look for some advice.
My 2011 Tacoma Double Cab has what seems to be a very weak climate control blower. The temperature of the air seems to be cool enough. I've certainly felt cooler A/C, but the main issue is the amount of air moved. I live in Sacramento and its only in the 80s right now and I already feel it's lacking. I noticed the issue almost right away when I purchased the truck, new, in 2011. I had traded in my 2007 FJ Cruiser and the A/C in that vehicle was great. I'm not saying it was amazing or above average, but it worked well enough that I never even thought about it. When I got the Tacoma, it was one of my first complaints. There's no comparison between the air conditioning between the FJ Cruiser and my Tacoma. I asked a toyota service manager about it at my first oil change and he just shrugged me off.
At this point, I have to close the two passenger vents just to get a decent air flow on the driver side with the fan at speed 3 or 4. This works ok if I'm the only person in the truck, but obviously not if i have a passenger.
ALSO - Occasionally, there is a squeak or a light squeal that comes from the blower. The squeal gets louder the higher the fan speed. It stops on it's own after about 5 or 10 minutes. Then comes back the next day after the car has been garaged over night.
I've replaced the cabin filter with a much thinner "cut-it-yourself" hvac filter material. I thought this might help to increase air flow. It didn't.
Any thoughts? I realize that how well your air conditioning works is kind of a subjective observation. Does anyone know if, in general, the blower in a Taco is much weaker than the blower in the FJ? Just seems crazy to me that I have to close other vents just to get acceptable air flow.
Should I pursue this with Toyota Service? I can easily see them saying that there is no issue, or it "feels fine". I wonder if this would fall into my extended Toyota Care warranty.
Thanks for any insight!