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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:49 pm    Post subject:  Climate Control defaults Reply with quote

Interesting, and slightly annoying "feature" I've discovered in my 2004 Impala's Climate Control panel:

Having a remote starter is great for winter mornings and hot summer days as you can set the heat or a/c controls to make the interior comfortable when you get it.

But, I've noticed that if I set the a/c controls before I shut the car off, including setting the air souce to recirculate, when I shut the car off and restart it, either with the key or the remote start, the control resets it to outside air. There doesn't appear to be any way to defeat this, so I can only assume that someone doing the programming decided it was a good idea and whatever anyone else would prefer, well too bad....

I suppose I could be wrong and there's some way to change this, but I can't find it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Food for thought.
I've wondered whether the recirculating button actually worked and wasn't just put there as a psychological doohickey?
As the blower seems to always be open to the outside air with no discernible flap ect to isolate it. Confused2
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

For the longest time, I didn't think it worked because it would never light up. Then I noticed it worked with just the nob turned to the head setting. Now it works head and feet, but I always leave it on head, so maybe it does shut off if you leave it on both. Try leaving it on the setting just for the head.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

05imp wrote:
Food for thought.
I've wondered whether the recirculating button actually worked and wasn't just put there as a psychological doohickey?
As the blower seems to always be open to the outside air with no discernible flap ect to isolate it. Confused2


It appears to work, but it won't retain the setting if you turn the car off..........rather stupid IMO, and just a bit annoying
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:28 pm    Post subject:  Re: Climate Control defaults Reply with quote

DennisW wrote:
Interesting, and slightly annoying "feature" I've discovered in my 2004 Impala's Climate Control panel:

Having a remote starter is great for winter mornings and hot summer days as you can set the heat or a/c controls to make the interior comfortable when you get it.

But, I've noticed that if I set the a/c controls before I shut the car off, including setting the air source to recirculate, when I shut the car off and restart it, either with the key or the remote start, the control resets it to outside air.

I think my 07SS is just the opposite.

When I get in and put the key in, it seems to default to recirc. On the hot summer days (here in north Texas) I'd prefer it to draw the 100 outside air into the evaporator rather than the 160 inside air Smile I think the car cools off faster that way. After a few minutes, I'll switch to recirc, but having it always default to that bugs me.

If it's always on recirc, in my experience, you start to get a sort of funky, stale air smell out of the system after a while.

BTW, who remembers when recirculate was "max air"?

Doug

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject:  Re: Climate Control defaults Reply with quote

plano-doug wrote:
BTW, who remembers when recirculate was "max air"?

Doug


I'd do. Laughing It was that on the GPs (97-03) Mine's just a little button with a fancy logo.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah mines the same way. I hate having to hit the recirculate button. Not only does the air get colder, it also keeps the stink out, too. Kind of necessary around where I live because I drive by farms and such a lot. P.U.

MAX AIR.... ROFLMAO I remember!

I think I had to slide a lever over to it in my old '79 Gutless.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i like manual recirc. The only time i use ac is when it's really hot. and if it's really hot outside it god awful inside my car. See plano_doug's comment.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine stays on whatever I have it set to whether I remote start it, or start it with the key. Mine's usually ALWAYS on recirc. because when I'm not in the car, it's usually always in the garage, where it doesn't get hot. I never put it on head and bottom because it takes FOREVER to switch to it...In order to get top and bottom I have to push it over to bottom only, and then quickly put it to top and bottom...weird, but it's been like that forever.
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