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2005 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro air conditioner problem New AC

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2005 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro air conditioner problemNew AC compressor installed a month ago. The air coming out of the vents is VERY cold (35 deg). Normally, I can run the fan at any speed I want without issue.Problem: when it is hot outside (>95 deg) the AC will go into Econ mode after 5-10 minutes of use when the blower is higher than about 4 (12 is max). The blower will run, but the compressor turns off.If I turn the AC back on, it will be cool for 5-10 minutes then off again unless I turn the blower down.I see threads about a resistor, but they talk about the blower turning off, not the compressor.Any ideas?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Audi
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. This sounds exactly like a thermal switch protection for the compressor. If it starts to overheat it will shutoff under high demand

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
it sounds like a bad thermal switch, or an unusual high demand? Can I isolate, or do I need to bring to my mechanic for pressure testing during failure?
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

Im not sure its failing. I think its protecting itself from being overheated. That being said, the compressor maybe on its way out.

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

I will opt out and let another tech jump in and see if they might have another thought about this issue.

Expert:  Wolfgang replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for choosing Just Answer . I'm Wolfgang here to help!!

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A scan test is needed on the climate control module to see why the compressor shut off. there are 22 parameters where the control module will shut it off from preventing damage to the system.

right now you have verified the shut offf but why and too many possibilities. where a scan test will narrow down the area to test and diagnose!!

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Will do! I own VAG/VAS and will get you all the codes. I was just hoping to isolate based on the symptoms:VERY cold air
Blower works on all settings when it is less than 95 deg outside
Blower works but compressor stops after several minutes (not immediately) when temperature is above 95 deg outside
AC works regardless of temperature if blower is kept on lowest settings.I will provide codes in the morning.Thanks,
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I was looking for a few remaining potential problems, as I would assume that many of the possible problems could be eliminated based on symptoms:For example: VERY cold air (35deg) would eliminate low coolant level. Blower remains running would eliminate bad resistor. Brand new OEM compressor would eliminate faulty clutch. Etc...Additionally, there was one time when the temp was about 98 deg and the AC kept cutting off, then I hit a rain storm and the air was IMMEDIATELY ice cold again.I will provide codes in the morning.Thanks,
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 10 months ago.

too many possibilities at this time . scan and let me know!!

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
There is one fault in the Auto HVAC section01847 - Air outlet sensor; middle left (G347)
010 - Open or short to plus - intermittent
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 10 months ago.

ok great !!! i do need a vin # please to pull up factory repair information


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Here is the VINWaudg74f15n054807Thanks!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Any luck with the VIN I gave a couple days ago?
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 10 months ago.

i'm in the hospital and should be discharged tomorrow if all goes well. I had a bad car accident . i'm sorry for the delay . you are not the only one about this delay i will try to get back tomorrow when i get home .

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I hope you are well soon. My issue is not time critical, and your health is more important. When you return, I look forward to your analysis, but there is no rush.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I hope all is well and you are out of the hospital. Any update on the problem?Thanks,