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Really Dumb Climate-Control Question (Basic climate control)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by dr4g1116, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    dr4g1116

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    I don't have a picture on it right now, but on my TRD Off Road with the basic climate controls, the fan position selector switch "clicks in" between actual selectable positions. For example, the "selected" position can be left between the floor/defroster setting and the regular floor setting. Why is that? Seems like a dumb design to me. What is actually selected when in this position?? Only noticed it because my windows weren't defogging the other night. Realized that my selector was between positions and my defroster wasn't actually on.

    Not my picture. Example position pointed to with red arrow.

    upload_2020-1-14_10-38-20.jpg
     
  2. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:49 AM
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    Funny enough I actually use those positions and I could've sworn my defroster works. This is how I see it and I'm sure I am incorrect in this thinking but I look at them as a percentage. So in your example, I would see it as like 75% footwell and 25% defroster. When on the next click it would be 50/50. I'm usually in the click between full defrost and footwell/defrost, so maybe that is why my defroster still works? idk...
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:53 AM
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    Quick look in the manual and this is their explanation

     
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    I’m on same page with above poster but have nothing to back it up, just a hmm I guess that’s what it’s for
     
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    Usually, it's cold out when you need to defrost your windshield... so you also want hot air to heat up the cabin. Since heat rises, that's why you have that option.
     
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    And what exactly does "The positions between the air outlet selections can also be selected for more delicate adjustment" mean anyway? That explains exactly ZERO.
     
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    No idea but that is their explanation. Is there an emoji for shrugging?
     
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  9. Jan 14, 2020 at 8:05 AM
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    Huh. Had no idea. My window most certainly wasn't defogging though haha! I think my AC compressor was still off. I'm going to keep this in mind and play with it next time I'm on the highway.
     
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    That is 100% not dumb for me. The position that you show and the two notches to the left are the ones that I use most all of the time.

    I am trying to not go on an OT rant about not having full control of A/C when using the three remaining notches to the right.

    It is not the best description, but I translate it to say that they are just giving you more adjustability than shown by the symbols. As I said above, the in betweens are my main selections.
     
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  11. Jan 14, 2020 at 8:08 AM
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    Yes. That in between notch is the last one that will not automatically engage the A/C. The remaining three to the right force A/C to be on.

    One note on highway experimentation. On my end, that in between position works better on the highway than it does on slower side roads. I'm assuming there is some cowl induction effect sending more air in.

    Also, I aim the left and right dash vents at the side windows as the small vent in the speaker grille seems to be generally ineffective.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2020 at 8:09 AM
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    I meant the question itself was dumb :) Glad to see it's usable. I'll have to look more seriously at using it.
     
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  13. Jan 14, 2020 at 8:14 AM
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    Oh! While I do agree that there is such a thing as a dumb question, I don't think yours was dumb.

    BTW, this little diagram was helpful when getting used to the mixing of the controls:
    upload_2020-1-14_8-13-16.jpg

    It is mainly for the ACC double cabs, but . . .
     
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