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I have a 97 Z71 the ac compressor went out about a month ago and i had that replaced at a shop here in town, now i am having problems with my ac control panel shorting out, they have replaced 3 of them... any ideas where i should start, i'm sure it has a short somewhere if i'm correct... thanks

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I think you should go for repair manual first for your vehicle after that it will be easy for you to solve the problem. Check the link may be you will get something useful here
1994 Chevrolet K1500 Workshop Service Repair Manual

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SOURCE: AC panel messed up compressor doesn't come on.

check the fuse first then check the wiring inside then that is OK then check the wire on the compressor it self, its a connector might have to pull  it off and then on. pulling off the compressor is a big deal its lines are a sealed system, the refrigerant lines are under pressure

Posted on Jan 10, 2009


SOURCE: 07 Aspen dashboard,cd,sat player and ac blinks off and on intermittently

Wish I could help you! I say MAKE them fix it and them get rid of it while it still has some value. We wish we had never bought our Aspen. Our 2007 Aspen has been a nightmare, it has completely shut off everything on its own including the motor while we were traveling down the highway at 100 km/h. We had no steering, no gagues, no lights and no brakes... nothing and then restarted itself. You cannot imagine how terrifying that is with kids in the back. It was 4 months old with 8000 km on it. The dealer said there were no codes on the computer and could not duplicate the problem after they drove it for over a week. Our Aspen constantly surges on a flat highway with the cruise set at any speed. We even took a GPS to ensure the road was flat and there was no change in elevation. Sure enough flat road and the RPM's are surging by more than 200. The dealer again said they could not duplicate the problem and said it must have been windy when we were driving. The dealer dismissed the problem. If that isn't enough, I was traveling home one day and smelt a funny smell. I stopped immediately and walked around the vehicle; as there were a lot of big semi's going by and I could not smell anything other then diesel fuel I thought the smell must have came from the trucks behind me. I got back in the Aspen and drove the remaining 200 yards to our turn off, when I applied the brakes I could smell the same smell, I stopped again put the auto in park, shut it off and jumped out. Behind my vehicle was a huge cloud of grey smoke. I thought my whole vehicle was going to catch on fire. To make a long story short, after roadside towed my vehicle I went to see the dealer. They said that the rear passenger brake was stuck on. They said that they had replaced the brake pad, router and line as there must have been a faulty valve in the line. My vehicle is 11 months old now and these are only a few of the problems we have had. Our brakes still do not work properly, if I have to apply them in a hurry for a child running across the street my vehicle violently pulls one direction or the other. You never know which way it will dart. I can put my foot right to the floor on the break pedal and my vehicle will slow down just as if I took my foot off the gas. We are terrified that this is going to cause and accident or kill someone. It really to bad my dealer had no concious. We want out and I will definately not buy another one. My guess, your problems are concidential and have nothing to do with your repairs. We have had electrical problems as well, if fact you can't imagine everything that has gone wrong. I suppose I should mention for you to look at your headlights carefully and fog lights. Ours crazed, which is a lot of cicular cracks two months after purchasing. The dealer said they were not too bad and to come back when they were worse and they would change them. I said, no dice man if moisture gets in them or if I get a rock in the mean time you will say that you are not responsible for the defect. I called the manufacturer and they were replaced within the week. Don't go away complain and take it in there everyday until it's fixed. But be careful if your vehicle was fixed at an autobody shop they had a 90 day warranty on their work and then they are off the hook. So go back constantly. If the dealer did the work don't go away and don't give up. I don't know what your investment was for your vehicle was but in Canada I paid over $50,000 with tax. I am not going away, I am currently writing to the manufacturer as the dealer has been dishonest in saying that they opened a case file on my vehicle due to the number of problems this vehicle has had and when I called Chrysler they had not. If the manufacturer does not resolve these issues, or offer me a different vehicle then we have decided that we will go through CAMVAP which is CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE ARBITRATION PLAN. This program is where disputes between consumers and vehicle manufacturers about alleged manufacturing defects or implementation of the manufacturers' new vehicle warranty can be put before a neutral third party (arbitrator) for resolution. In many cases they will force the manufacturer to buy the vehicle back with deduction for use, of course.

If you are in the states then you are pretty lucky because you have the lemon laws" that can force car manufacturers to replace vehicles that have been declared lemons.
The definition of lemon varies by state. It usually means that despite several trips to the dealer's service department, a vehicle continues to have a serious problem. It can also be declared a lemon if it's had a series of problems that have left it in the repair shop for 30 days.
Once a vehicle is declared a lemon, the manufacturer has to buy it back. There's nothing stopping the manufacturer from reselling the vehicle. While all 50 states have lemon laws, only 19 require the title of a car declared a lemon to carry a warning. When a dealer sells a lemon out-of-state, the lemon designation is often not carried over.
If you are in Canada then please make sure you know your facts and have maintained excellent records before going through CAMVAP. If you go the CAMVAP route, you must agree to abide by the arbitration panel's decision and not pursue the matter through any other route, including the courts.
Arbitrators can make a variety of rulings:

  • They can order repairs to your vehicle.
  • They can order the manufacturer to buy back your vehicle.
  • They can order the manufacturer to reimburse you for repairs done to your vehicle.
  • They can order the manufacturer to reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses up to $500.
  • They can order the manufacturer to reimburse you for costs to obtain a summons for a witness up to $100 in certain circumstances.
  • They can rule that there is no liability on the part of the manufacturer.
  • They can rule that CAMVAP has no jurisdiction to hear your case.
I wish you all the luck in the world don't quit fighting no matter how frustrating it is. Just do it with class, it will be impossible to having a willing party to help you if your swearing or threating. the best way to get them is patience, knowing your rights and them applying them. We have been fighting to have our vehicle fixed since last September and we still here 10 1/2 months later. If you have read about CAMVAP then you will know what a long process it is. Here's a tip, if your dealer is lying to your face and your in Canada. The law is NOT illegal to record a conversation as long as one party knows that the conversation is being recorded. I am that one party and no court or arbitration board is going to be impressed when they hear a dealer lying to their customers. Find out your rights and fight for them. Don't be a victim to anyone or anything at anytime.

Posted on Jul 05, 2008


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i had the same problem and it ended up being short in the front axles where the actuator at or the switch on the transfer case under body where the shift lever at

Posted on Feb 16, 2009


mike watson

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SOURCE: Installed a new AC Compressor in a 97 Buick LaSabre

Yes there is a way to kick on the a/c compressor.In my honest opinion you should get the system pulled down with a vacum to remove any moisture from the system before adding refrigerant.Doing the keeps the system running good and if you don't it may void your warrenty on the compressor.To get the compressor running to ad refrigerant locate the low pressure switch in one of the a/c tubes (It should be a two wire pigtail)now unplug it and jump it with a paper clip or jumper wire.With the car running you should hear and see the compressor kick on.Please be carfull there is nothing in the way of moving parts before you begin.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009


Donnie Matney

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SOURCE: 1991 Sie rra GMC AC control problem

this will happen if the system senses low charge. This doesnt mean that is the problem the low pressure switch or cycling switch on the accumulator/dryer on passenger side firewall will also keep in from coming on. this can be checked by jumping the system there.If you jump it and it comes on and air is cold on both sides of cab this could definately be the problem.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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