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My car ac will be working fine, then rapidly change to

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my car ac will be working fine, then rapidly change to ambient temp. wii go back if I switch it off for a minute or so. After that it sometimes recurs sometimes not, sometimes only slightly. Had ac recharged less than a month ago, but no fix. Any help appreciated. Thanks, rgs
JA: Many things can cause trouble with the A/C. Some simple, some complicated. Fortunately, the mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes.
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just the recharge
JA: Is there anything else the Mechanic should be aware of about your car?
Customer: Was burning a little oil from overfilled crankcase. Changed oil, ptoblem gone as far as I can tell.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

hello . I can assist you with this .

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
please do, thanks
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

what is your vehicle ? Make , year , model

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Subaru Baja 2006 178,000 miles
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

okay . when the air goes to only ambient have you looked to see if the A/C compressor clutch is still engaged ( locked )

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, had not thought to, usually I am highway driving
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Also don't know how to
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

does the engine temperature get warm also when the A/C issue happens ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, runs at normal temp level
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

one thing to check first off is at the front of the air conditioning compressor is the clutch shoe air gap

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

do that and let me know . it should not be too wide , my preference for any A/C compressor is 0.010 in.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
will do, not able at the moment.
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

no problem ! :-)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks for your help.
Expert:  Kevin Bourcier replied 1 year ago.

you are welcome .