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1997 Toyota Camry AC light flashes on and off


The AC light on our 1997 Toyota Camry flashes on and off. The AC usually works fine in the morning and at night. The air is really cold when the AC is working. However, when the outside temperature goes over 100 or so, the AC light starts flashing and the AC won't work. For instance, it will work fine on our way to the restaurant for lunch, but won't work on our way back. It used to be that if we turned off the car couple of times, it would start working again. But that's not a sure thing anymore. I think the problem is getting worse.

The compressor is new (replaced it in Feb 2008), the mechanic has also checked the Freon levels and few potential electrical problems. He couldn't figure it out so we let it go last year. But it has gotten worse in the past few weeks. Any solutions?

Thanks.
Shri.

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  • jatshrikant May 13, 2009

    Can you please explain what you mean by "low on charge"? Where do you think the leak is? And how can I fix it?

    Thanks.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the leak can be anywhere in the system.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    "low on charge" refers to the quantity of refrigerant in the system,

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    that light is flashing because the system is low on charge, this causes excessive compressor cycling and that triggers the light to flash, u still have a leak, that why u say it works in the morning when it is cool.

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Please take the car for diagnosis and the revealed codes will definately lead u ahead.

See that your AC condenser is not dirt blocked too.

Cheers.

Posted on May 14, 2009

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