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Blinking AC light??? Please help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dee_bo, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Jul 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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    dee_bo

    dee_bo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Had my AC on and suddenly it started blinking and wasn't cooling. I clicked the button on/off and it has been working since. This is the second time it's happen...what does it mean. AC seems to be working well other than that...couldn't find this mentioned in the manual.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Jul 30, 2010 at 5:20 PM
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    Jcook54

    Jcook54 Damn. Just damn.

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    I had a Camry that used to do that. However, it only happened when it was raining hard or kicking up standing water. I couldn't figure it out either. My only guess was (still is) that water got somewhere and caused the compressor to turn off for a minute. It was as if turning it off and on again acted as some sort of reset. Sometimes I would have to wait for a minute or two depending on how wet it was but it always seemed to work after a little while. The AC never had any issues beyond that and I traded it in for my Taco with 117,000 miles on it.
     
  3. Jul 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    mine is doing that and the compressor is locked
     
  4. Jul 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    Common problem with Toyota. With an intermittent problem like that where it quits working then later on works okay, clear sign of a bad relay. I'd rather that be the problem with the AC than anything else since it's the easiest/cheapest to replace.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    If you could provide some insight on how to diagnose the problem or where the switch is located, I'd appreciate it. I thought maybe its cause my cabin filter is dirty or clogged....haven't messed with it ever.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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    This has happened to me twice since I got my truck, last time was over a year ago. I just turned the temperature knob to hot then cold and it stopped blinking. I'm not too worried about it.
     
  7. Jul 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    Well you don't want to just go replacing parts without truly diagnosing the problem. But that's just my guess without ever looking at it. Even the first steps in the diagnostics section for the A/C in the service manual are to check the fuses and relays. It's just that all the Toyota models seems to have problems with these relays sticking (and since it's intermittent, that's why this is my guess). The relay is in the engine bay fuse box.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    I have an alldatadiy subscription for my truck. The alldata manual says that the following conditions will cause the hvac controls to shut off the AC.

    Evap outlet air temp too low (must be a sensor somewhere)

    Compressor speed does not match engine speed (slipping comp clutch?)

    Refrigerant pressure too high or too low (overcharged? Leaking? bad pressure switch?)

    Engine speed is too low

    Rapid acceleration occurs (LOL)
     
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    it could be the speed sensor on the ac compresor
     
  10. Jun 7, 2016 at 3:37 PM
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    Compressor speed does not match engine speed (slipping comp clutch?)

    This is the issue. It could be several things:

    1. Belt slipping as when it gets wet.
    2. Defective AC Clutch.
    3. The AC Compressor is on the way out and seizing.

    Pray for it to be # 1 or # 2.
     
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    Clearwater Bill

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    On the face of the evap. Cycles the compressor somewhere around 36-38*F to prevent ice formation, which of course will stop air flow.
     
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