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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:43 PM
This invokes a question: Under what modes is the compressor active with dealer A/C? Is it on in VENT, BILEV, and/or DEFROST? I don't have the owner's manual for this car, or any dealer supplements for the A/C system.
My XT has no VENT mode, only A/C, so I assume it runs in VENT mode in the RX, and if my old Impreza is any clue, it would also run in DEFROST.
As an aside, I really don't like the climate control in these cars (about the only thing I don't like, tbh): in this case I prefer Hondas, which typically always had cable-controlled mode functions (vacuum controls are teh suck), a FRESH/RECIRC air function, and an A/C switch so that I can run the A/C (or turn it off) whenever I please. Subaru finally installed a decent control system in my '99 RSK, but it certainly took them a while to do.
At any rate, if I decide to repair the system (which is currently partially disassembled), I'll install a separate switch for the compressor so that I can run it at will; I'd just like to know how it's currently supposed to operate.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:00 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:03 AM
If the vent button has only one position, you've got a Non-AC one.
If the Vent button has 2 positions, plus off, you've got the right one, but the wrong actual plastic button. (correct would say AC/MAX)
A/C should run in "Vent" and "defrost" positions.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:51 AM
Themoneypit, I'd probably take you up on your offer. I need... lots. Well, not really NEED, but it'd be nice to have: driver's power window switch, possibly the climate control switch unit (with A/C), the hatch area light lens, LH tail light, center shifter console (the one with the pocket) and maybe the driver's seat and rear folding seat backs. Cruise would be nice, but that's a lot of stuff, and I don't have the second cable attachment for it on the throttle so I'm not sure how it'd wire up. And a full clutch fan shroud; mine just has a little crescent-looking thing off of an older GL, which is only marginally better than running the fan naked. Maybe if you've got alloys and the LSD has yet to be spoken for, I'd be interested in those as well.
So yeah, if you're gonna go that route, let me know.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:39 PM
www.car-parts.com is a great resource for finding parts. nearly every yard ships now, well except hoods and fenders LOL. problem is they don't have great listings for older subarus but you might get lucky.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:26 AM
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