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Old 8th May 2009, 08:29   #1
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Default Fabia AC/Blower ineffectiveness

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I live in Gurgaon and this is the first time my Fabia's (diesel) AC is being truly tested in the summers.

I find the blower severely inadequate. With the temperature set to 16 and the blower set on maximum(4), I cannot feel the air blowing out with full intensity, it is much weaker compared to other cars. The grill is completely chilled but there is little circulation.

If I put it in the `re-circulation' mode the blower makes louder noise but the recirculation is still inadequate.

Has any other Fabia owner noticed this problem? Is it hereditary to the Fabia or could it be a problem with just my car.

Asking the wise men here before I take the car to the clueless Skoda service.

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Old 8th May 2009, 09:18   #2
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Hi,

I live in Gurgaon and this is the first time my Fabia's (diesel) AC is being truly tested in the summers.

I find the blower severely inadequate. With the temperature set to 16 and the blower set on maximum(4), I cannot feel the air blowing out with full intensity, it is much weaker compared to other cars. The grill is completely chilled but there is little circulation.

If I put it in the `re-circulation' mode the blower makes louder noise but the recirculation is still inadequate.

Has any other Fabia owner noticed this problem? Is it hereditary to the Fabia or could it be a problem with just my car.

Asking the wise men here before I take the car to the clueless Skoda service.

Thanks

Hi, How many kms has your fabia done?
I suppose there is something called pollen filter which comes with the blower, it filters the minute dust particle as the blower sucks the air through it, just like the air filter. Get your pollen filter checked, I doubt that it might be choked.
Second there is a recirculation/exhaust button next to the AC switch on/off button. One is suppose to keep the recirculation button on i.e. you will see a light coming on as you press it on. Don't put it off where the light goes off. Always keep that button on.
Check both these things, it should help. If the problem still persist get it checked completely with the dealer, which I suppose there wouldn't be need to.

We have been facing severe heat hear as well where last month temp going to almost 39 in Bombay. But Yet in that with the amount of humidity, the AC worked fine. For me I use it just on 2nd speed and barely put it on 3rd or 4th.
Fabia has a bigger blower and a compressor for it's size.

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From the description, you are definitely sitting on a blockage or leakage somewhere. Have you gotten the car checked by the Skoda after sales (God help you!) or an air-con specialist?
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Old 8th May 2009, 23:21   #4
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From what you have said, it looks like a clear case of a blocked or chocked vent. This has happened to one of my friends's Swift in the past where we were on the highway and after two days of poor circulation in the cabin in the Tamil Nadu heat, we took the car to the mechanic who opened up the condenser box underneath the dash and out came almost 500 grams of dried leaves, parking tickets and even dead ants!

Post this the fan speed increased and cooling was even throughout the cabin. Do get it checked.

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Have you gotten the car checked by the Skoda after sales (God help you!)
Better to live with it than go down that road.
Would not be too difficult to troubleshoot as a DIY, I think.

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I had similar problem in my car..gave my car car to Dealer for 2 hours, they cleaned filters and all and it worked..
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From what you have said, it looks like a clear case of a blocked or chocked vent. This has happened to one of my friends's Swift in the past where we were on the highway and after two days of poor circulation in the cabin in the Tamil Nadu heat, we took the car to the mechanic who opened up the condenser box underneath the dash and out came almost 500 grams of dried leaves, parking tickets and even dead ants!

Post this the fan speed increased and cooling was even throughout the cabin. Do get it checked.

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Do you need to open up the dashboard to do this?
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Its below the dash IIRC. Passenger side
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Do you need to open up the dashboard to do this?
Not the whole dash. Just below the dash on the LHS where the condenser coils are located
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Default It was the dust/pollen filter

Took it to Skoda service, where they removed the filter(from underneath the passenger side dash) and cleaned it with the air jet.

The AC is rocking now.
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Took it to Skoda service, where they removed the filter(from underneath the passenger side dash) and cleaned it with the air jet.

The AC is rocking now.
Glad your problem is solved!

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The your A/C serviced. Either your blower fan has some issues with its speed as you said the grille becomes chilled, there shouldn't be a problem with the gas.
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