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Kia rio air conditioning light?

Hi, Everytime we first start the car and turn the the heat to defrost the air condtioning light comes on and I have to turn it off manually. This happened before and the manual said something about holding a certain button in for a few seconds and it worked but I lost the manual and don't know what to do now !

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  • kristinapatt Mar 13, 2009

    same problem either when i turn my car on or switch to defrost my a.c comes on as well its not a big problem but how can that be fixed?

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The manual instructions are basically:

Turn the fan to 0 (off, far left).
Turn the air control to full defrost (far right).
Press the recirculation button at least 5 times within 3 seconds.

If you've done it right, the recirculation button light will flash a few times at about 1/2 second intervals.

I've tried it on mine and this works.

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  • greymotion Nov 22, 2010

    my rio doesnt have a recirculation button.. its a switch that goes from left to right... and it doesnt solve the problem when i try using the switch at least 5 times within 3 seconds... oh and anytime i turn my defrost on the ac is always on...

  • Chris Bilo
    Chris Bilo Dec 21, 2014

    yay thank you so much it worked

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