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Our 03 Mazda Tribute is blowing outside air

Our 03 Mazda Tribute seems to be blowing less than ice cold air. It's 101 right now so I understand that impacts the coolness of the car, but even when it's cooler, we have a hard time feeling like the A/C is doing it's full job.

I think the problem is that, even though we have the switch on Max A/C, it seems like it's pulling in outside air. I could smell the driver in front of me smoking the other day. We are always smelling outside smells and I think that's why the air isn't as cold - it's not recirculating the air inside.

Is this a problem with the panel or, as someone suggested, might it be the vacuum line? I have no idea how to check the line as I don't even know where it is. Someone said it's next to the firewall, but I have no idea where that is, either.

What do you think it is? I'd love to avoid taking it in if it's something we can figure out at home. TIA!

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There will be a button or lever in the dash next to the ac controls that will have a symbol like an arrow going back over itself
if that doesn't work then the problem will be to find what has happened
some sometimes it is a simple cable , other times a vacuum operate actuator so that will mean looking up under the dash to find and fix

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SOURCE: my mazda tribute 2004 when i start engine is

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SOURCE: Smoking out the back and burning smell inside.

check for a cracked head that smoke you see is probably antifreeze coming out of the coolant trench in the block itself or could just be a bad gasket on your head

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SOURCE: My Mazda Miata 2003 has a strong gas smell when I

Something is wrong, keep after it. Look at the vapor recovery system...

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SOURCE: I have 2002 mazda tribute

Yes sounds like you have a exhaust leak check manifold gaskets. Untill you have this fixed u suggest you swith your blowers to recircultion to stop u from being poisened .

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SOURCE: HI I have a 2004

I had the same problem last year with my rx8, I smelt gas inside the cabin, and every time I parked in the garage it would smell strongly of gas. I tried injector cleaner and everything, but nothing helped. About 4 months after i started to notice the smell, one of my fuel injectors blew, I believe the small was coming from the crack in it, I would suggest you get you injectors checked, After the blow, I got it fixed, they rebuilt the injector for about $300 cad. and it runs great now,

Hoped this helps

Posted on Nov 27, 2010

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