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2004 Camry Lets outside air in when set on recirc

For a few months now I've noticed that the recirculate air function does not seem to block all the outside smells (like diesel exhaust from other vehicles, stinky smells from farm animals when I'm out in the country, paper mill smells, etc.). Is there a "door" that shuts off the outside air that may be malfunctioning? Thanks for your help.

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Yes, there is. You can gain access to its motor under the dashboard, but it might be tricky to see or reach up there. Check motor operation and replace if necessary. On some older vehicles the foam insulation strip around that door can break down and fail, allowing gasses to come into the cabin area.

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Since you didnt notice any change in the performance of your engine, ill presume there's nothing wrong with your fuel injectors.
look for moisture around your gas tank cap, the hose and clamps going down the tank, around the fuel gauge sending unit of your tank. have your fuel line checked from the tank to your fuel injection pump, give particular importance around the connections of your fuel filter, fuel pump, and the return hose from your fuel injection going back to your tank.
Diesel do emit strong hazardous odors that may stick on carpets inside your car.

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first the quest, this is common for nissan, replace the knock sensor, this sensor is located under the intake manifold rear of engine, some models you can sneak sensor out without removing the intake, this will take care of that car. now the camry, im guessing this is a 4 cylinder engine, replace the air fuel sensor (oxygen sensor) thats on the exhaust manifold. this will solve that problem. hope this helped.

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If this was happening to me.... I'd goto an airconditioning re-gas centre and get them to check for gas leaks. In my old commodore the Evaporator Core was leaking and causing some of the issues you have mentioned.

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Inside cab blows out hot air controls are off but air still comes out


OUTSIDE AIR: Press this button to direct the system to use outside air.
Pressing the OUTSIDE AIR button will cancel the RECIRCULATION button.

RECIRCULATION: Press this button to limit the amount of outside air entering your vehicle.
This is helpful when you are trying to limit odors entering your vehicle or attempting to quickly cool down the interior. Pressing RECIRCULATION will recirculate air continuously.

RECIRCULATION is used when the fan control is OFF to limit odors, outside air and dust from entering your vehicle. All button lights will go off. The last setting selected will activate when the blower is turned back on.
Pressing the RECIRCULATION button will cancel the OUTSIDE AIR button. To return to normal operation and to prevent stale air, be sure to return the OUTSIDE AIR.

Between HEATER and BLEND mode, outside air is forced to reduce window fogging. If the RECIRCULATION button is pressed, the LED indicator will flash three times indicating that forced outside air is activated and RECIRCULATION is not available.

I think what your experiencing is normal. If you want to keep cold air form coming into the cabin, press the recirc button.

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A/c recirculating light comes on when i first start up the 2004 gmc yukon xl will not go off until recirculating switch is pushed. Sometimes comes right back on and u have to reset it again


{: ) Just let it be as this behavior is part of normal operation. Observe for a while. Check again your mode settings, should not be in defrost or defog mode when recirc is requested. The recirc function is available only in face or bi-level mode.
If the recirculation switch is pressed into the ON position when the mode switch is in an unavailable mode position, then the recirculation switch LED will flash 3 times. If the HVAC control module detects a fault with the recirc door the HVAC control module will try to drive the actuator for a predetermined amount of time, to outside air, which is the defaulted position for the recirculation actuator.
Try settling on the face and bi-level mode. You can manually turn on or off the recirc function and observe some air change on the vents. When recirc is off (light off) outside air will also enter and it will mix with the cold air inside if your a/c is on.
The HVAC system also monitors the inside and outside temperature sensors and uses these inputs to control the opening or closing of the recirculation door. If the outside temp is colder, it may not allow recirc off, sometimes it may not even allow a/c function. You may also have a sticking door or failing actuator. If any of the approaches above doesn't come out well, you may proceed for a scan tool diagnostic test to be sure, if your HVAC system does have a trouble.

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Not really a problem but what does the recirc button over AC button do? What's the function? How do I check the front brake pads? And how do I open the inside of passenger door for the replacement of...


Ok.. 1st.. the AC recirc button closes off outside air from coming in.. This allows the air inside the car to recirculate through the AC system and hopefully cool the inside of the car better.

2. You usually remove the wheels to allow you to visually inspect the pad thickness.
3. Normally outside trim is replaced from the outside of the door. There is not a need to remove the interior door panel.. Hope this helps.. Good Luck!

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If this was happening to me.... I'd goto an airconditioning re-gas centre and get them to check for gas leaks. In my old commodore the Evaporator Core was leaking and causing some of the issues you have mentioned.

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Which car button is for the defroster in a 1995 Honda civic lx? The one with the circulating arrow or the arrow straight through it


Those two buttons are for where the air supply is coming from. The circulating arrow is for recirculating the air inside the car (recirc), and the straight arrow is for bringing fresh outside air into the cars climate control system.

Most often, the recirc button is used for air conditioning (it is easier to cool air that has already been cooled inside the car than the hot outside air) or for driving in dusty or smelly areas (i.e: my cars inside air smells better than the outside air right now!)

The slider selects the defroster. Slide it all the way to the right.

Keep the outside air button selected for using your defrosters. If you have recirc selected and have been driving for a while, if anybody suddenly cracks a window, then the all the windows (including the windshield) in entire car will fog up!!!!

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A/C automatically switches from inside to outside air


Shut off the switches so that the auto and recirc lights are both out. If you use recirc in winter your car will remain fogged up.If you have NAV, go into the climate control touch screen and shut off the ac or auto mode there as well.

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The air flow does not 'increase' with the recirc button pressed. The fan motor blows at specific speeds, no matter whether fresh or recirc is selected. The recirc feature is there so that you do NOT admit 'fresh/hot' air from the outside into the AC box. In short, the recirc feature is to re-use, or, recirculate the existing air in the car. When it is properly working, on a hot day, the recirc selection should drop the internal temperature at the center air vent about 6 degrees lower than with the fresh selected.

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2004 Odyssey, heat and A/C do not work unless van in motion


Since warm air eventually comes out when the vehicle is in motion, you may have an air mix door that is stuck in fresh or is somehow blocking warm air from the heater core.

To see if the air mix control motor is bad, you need to retrieve your Diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) from the heater control panel. To run the diagnostic function, do the following:
1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
2. Turn the fan switch OFF.
3. Press the recirc control button to select Recirc (recirc light on.)
4. Press and hold the recirc button to select Fresh (recirc light off) and continue to hold the button down until the recirc light comes on for two seconds and then goes off.
5. If the system is okay, the recirc light stays off.
6. If there is a problem, the recirc light blinks the DTC to indicate the trouble. One blink=a problem in the air mix control motor circuit. Two blinks=problem in the mode control motor circuit
Three blinks=problem in evaporator temp sensor circuit.
7. Turn the ignition switch off to cancel the self diagnosis function. Run the diagnostic again after repairs are complete.

Note: the air mix control motor has a rod which connects to a plastic link. The link controls the mix doors and also connects to the heater control water valve via a cable. The air mix motor may check okay, but if the link is broken then you will still have problems. the motor is on the bottom of the heater unit in the front passenger's foot well.

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According to the shop manual you do not have one.
Air Distribution and Filtering adobe.gif Printable View (79 KB) NOTE: The air distribution system of this vehicle cannot be equipped with a cabin air filter.
There are 2 sources of air available to the air distribution system:
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  • Recirculated air
Recirculated air is automatically used when the electronic manual temperature control mode selector is set in the MAX A/C or OFF modes and can be selected in any mode other than MAX A/C, OFF or DEFROST by selecting the RECIRC button. Recirculated air is available in all modes except DEFROST. If the vehicle is equipped with an electronic automatic temperature control (EATC) system, recirculated air is used in OFF and is available in all modes except DEFROST. RECIRC mode is a timed function in FLOOR and FLOOR/DEFROST.
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Air enters the passenger compartment from the:
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  • heater outlet floor ducts.
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  • side window demisters.
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Passenger compartment air is exhausted from the vehicle through open windows or body air vents.

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either your heater conrol head with the recirc button is bad, or the motor that opens and closes the inside/outside air door.

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