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Old July 11th, 2010
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AC problem : warm air driver side, cold air passenger side

I have an AC problem - warm air delivered from driver side vents and cold air from passenger side vents.

I recently had my AC serviced, about 1 week later problem described above was noticed. Took back to mechanic, dye was added to system and then recharged. System worked fine - cold air from both sides. Except, same thing happened 1 week later. Took back to mechanic no dye leek was seen. High valve tightened (seemed not as tight as should be), dye added, system recharged. Again, AC worked fine - cold air from both sides until exactly 1 week later. I will be taking car back to mechanic this week. In meantime...

My research on this forum indicates possibly a driver side electric actuator blend motor malfunction.

First - any ideas on a diagnoses scheme, test or other reasons?
Second - does anyone have a diagram on the location of the actuators and instructions on how to remove and replace them

Thanks in advance for any help offered
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Old July 11th, 2010
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Sorry - in regards to my AC problem post I forgot to identify car - its a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS 6cyl

thanks again
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Old July 11th, 2010
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You are dealing with a real mechanic and you want help from us? This is what the mechanic is being paid for!
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justtrying...are you serious...i am really surprised at your response!

First - I have "only" paid the mechanic for the original AC service. Each time the car has been brought back the service (tech time and coolant material for recharge) and trouble shoot attempts have been free of charge. As per guarantee of original service rendered. And because the mechanic is a good guy who takes pride in his job!

Second - mechanics are not perfect and some situations are just difficult to diagnose.

Third - these forums were created and exist for a good reason. To be educated and informed consumers. So that if we desire and are capable, we can properly maintain, diagnose and fix the cars ourselves. Help others trouble shoot with similar situations efficiently and accurately. And to ensure that we are not taken advantage of whenever possible.

Finally - almost every thread on this forum is approached as a similar situation I presented. I have never seen a response as rude, unnessary and unhelpful as yours.
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Old July 12th, 2010
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I hear you.
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Old July 12th, 2010
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Seems like the amount of refrigerant should be checked again a third time before moving on to some sort of other possible solution. Perhaps the leak was missed both the first and second time by the mechanic?
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Old July 12th, 2010
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If you are blowing cold on the passenger side you don't have a refrigerant problem; check the vacuum lines for leaks/breaks/etc. or a sticking damper door. Also, it might be electrical, as the Service Manual mentions as also a possibility (but it went way over my head on what was needing to be checked and how).
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Old July 13th, 2010
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If I remember correctly there is a bunch of old threads from like 2005 on here about this, some of the fixes involve unplugging battery and letting the climate control (or something) reset, trip to dealer maybe required to un-lock radio if battery unplugged etc...
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Old July 26th, 2010
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I just wanted to update members of the forum on my 2001 Intrigue GLS AC problem/fix...

The AC condenser was ultimately found to be the damaged culprit. After a couple of dye administrations and AC coolant recharge cycles the leak became visible in two locations on the condenser. Not "easily" noticed untill the AC condenser was finally removed.

Recall, the passenger side was initially giving off "cool/cold" air (driver side warm air). Well, after a couple days further the passenger side was delivering warm air too.

The retail cost to replace by mechanic was ~$400. Two different auto repair guides listed the estimated time to repair at 2hrs and 2.7hrs. The mechanic said it wasn't as difficult as first thought and it didn't take too much time or effort to repair. Therefore 2 hr is generously accurate for time in a repair cost estimate. National part stores list AC condenser anywhere from ~$140-$180 for part.

Its been almost 2 weeks and the AC has been amazing, delivering very cold air. So it looks as if it is finally fixed.

Thanks for all of the replies and I hope this helps someone else in future! If you have a similar problem and need guidance contact me for a thorough direct description of the symptoms, trouble shoot, diagnosis and repair process I went through.
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Old February 10th, 2016
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I think the mechanic you visited didn't know well about servicing the air conditioning unit. So in such cases consider visiting the mechanic who had experience in diagnosing the air conditioning problems.
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