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Old 23rd February 2009, 22:52   #1
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Default Hot air vents out under the dash of my alto! please help

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I am new to Team BHP and this is my first post. For me its been like a virtual "Dargah" where almost all queries about a car gets answered. This unique site has helped me zero down on my options fitting in to my first car and thats an Indica Vista. And exactly 2 days before i could go and book it! my father in law drops a bomb. He wants to leave his Alto with me for the next 5 months till he is away on an international trip and shattered all my plans.. atleast some of them. Parking is an issue for me and hence i have to wait for my vista.. But my problem is not that.. He got the alto serviced and i was all set for a trip to Guruvayoor this coming weekend and i realised that as soon as i power in the car hot air seems to vent out underneath the dashboard. I checked if the AC unit was switched on but no it wasnt. But I havent tried switching it on either.. the car is 5 years old but has only done 11K kms.. any suggestions?

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Some more basic checks:

A/c unit is off, but did you check if the blowers are off?

Also, did you check the setting on the blower vent (the one which direct the flow to dash, windscreen or foot)?
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I had similar kind of problems in my Esteem .The culprit being the rubber stopper that holds the wires going in from inside the car to the engine bay area .Once that was fixed .Problem was sorted out .
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Check for gaps and plug holes between the wall separating the engine bay from the paasenger cabin.
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Move the air flow knob from footwell to the dash and you will be fine. Move the AC temp knob to max cool and see if the hot is turning to cold in few secs.
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Hey Sunil! Refer to the manual of your car. The aircon/heater has some amazing functions. Very few people use any of them. You can actually set the aircon such that the vent on dash will throw cool air and the ones facing in footwell will blow out hot air. This helps manage temp in car the way a climate control does. If you have little babies or elderly people who are sensitive to extreme temps, knowing the functions on aircon can come very handy specially during change of season.
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first check if the temp setting on the blower is set to hot. If it is not, then the culprit is the linkage between the lever on the dash and the actual vent. In other words it remains open, allowing hot air from the heater core to enter the car. A mechanic should be able to fix this in 30 seconds.
had this problem on my escort, just after it was given for servicing.
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Default Thank you folks!

I want to thank each one of you for your time and patience.. And you were right Jaggu the knob was set for the inflow of air .. i turned it back to the circulation mode and now its fine.. I just hope the alto holds on to the trip to guruvayoor :-)

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