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Old 08-14-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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Does anyone know what the problem might be?
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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My crystal ball is at the shop being repaired. Year, make, model?
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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My crystal ball is at the shop being repaired. Year, make, model?
99 Chevy Prizm.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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99 Chevy Prizm.
aka Toyota Corolla. Perhaps your compressor is about to completely die.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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aka Toyota Corolla. Perhaps your compressor is about to completely die.
Is the hesitation one of the symptoms?
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Lots of cars accelerate a bit slower with the air on. I had a Prizm years ago but I can't comment because I don't think the air ever worked in it.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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My 08 Civic does this too. So did my 96 Ram, my 99 Taurus and about every other car I have owned. I would not worry about it.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Using the a/c causes power to be diverted to the air compressor and that cools the air down. Every car in the world that runs on gasoline has this "feature." It's physics, don't worry about it.

Since this is a '99, I'd just make sure it's up to date on service.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Yes it could very likely be that the A/C compressor clutch is going out or just needs a good lubrication. You don't need to fix this right away but you should keep an eye on it. The worst case scenario is that the clutch with lock up and your car will stall and then not be able to start. It is very unlikely this would happen at speed or even idle, more likely overnight while the engine is off. You just won't be able to start it in the morning because the A/C compressor will lock the crankshaft.

On that car, the compressor shouldn't be too expensive.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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^ What?
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