I don't have an answer to your question... but I think mine is dying and maybe you might know... sometimes my car makes a "rattling" type of noise when i turn my a/c compressor on i've heard other 6's do this so I assume it's pretty common...a/c works pretty descently (not great but ok) it's made this noise for a while and I am just now getting around to fixing it..is that rattling the compressor?
It sounds like your compressor is about to go too. My a/c right now is also cool, I have to leave it on full blast on a hot day to stay somewhat comfortable. I brought it in to my friends shop and the temperature reading from the vent was 54 deg F, he said it should be lower than 45. When he tried adding more refrigerant to the system my compressor started to 'click' pretty bad. It sounded like plastic was snapping. Anyway, he drained my system and found very little oil in it, he added some more and then recharged it. He didn't charge it fully because he doesn't think the compressor will be able to handle it so I'm back where I started, but without the click. I've heard bad things about mazda compressors from our cars (which are made by pannasonic). I guess the only option is to get a new or rebuilt compressor...
do you gu ys ever get a weird smell coming from your a/c? when i first turn on my car with the a/c on there is a slight smell of wet dog. blah i hate that smell!! just wondering, didnt want to start a whole new thread just for this Q
Bummer about the compressor, most likely needs to be replaced. The smell is easy...try "Frigi-fresh" (sp?) or some other vent refresher. Ask your local detail shop where you can find some, or your auto-parts store.
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