Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Northern MN
Car: 2009 2.5i Special Edition 4EAT and AWP
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Fluctuating A/C Temp
So this is the second summer I've had my '09 Outback. I bought it used from a Subaru dealer in May 2012 with about 38k miles on it. So far, everything has been great, except one minor annoyance.
When it is hot out, the A/C puts out air that fluctuates in temperature. When you first turn it on, it gets quite cold. It then will moderate to a more "cool" temperature before getting almost not even cool, at which point it will suddenly get cold again. It does the cycle probably every minute or so. At this point, it is mostly an annoyance as it puts out plenty of cold/cool air to cool down the cabin. It is really only noticeable if you actually are feeling the air coming out of the vents. I often have the upper vents blowing on my hands, so I feel it a lot. It does not seem to matter the engine running or driving conditions (town, highway, idle, higher rpm, etc.).
When I bought the car, the dealer gave me a 3 month/3,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that they give with all of their used car purchases. I had them look at it last summer, and they recharged the system and said it was a little low but they found no leaks. Subsequent visits yielded no apparent problems. Since then, I have kind of forgotten about it as it got into the colder seasons, but now I am reminded of it again this summer.
Any ideas what might be up with it before I go spend money to have my mechanic tell me nothing's wrong with it?