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Why does my car stall when I turn the AC on?

Why does my car stall when I turn the AC on?

Like many parts of your vehicle, the air conditioning system takes its power from the engine. If not working properly, the engine may not cope with the loads produced by various systems in the car. More specifically, it may be too low to run the A/C and hence it stalls when turned on.

Why do cars stall at stoplights?

If your car stalls out at red lights, it means that your engine suddenly can’t control the idle. When your engine loses the ability to control the idle, this could be due to several factors, including the following: A malfunctioning or dirty mass air flow sensor.

Can your AC make your car stall?

A seized AC compressor can stall your engine when you turn on the air or defroster because it sends a signal to engage the clutch on the compressor, which causes more resistance than normal. But there are switches that level out your idle electronically when there is increased load.

Is it OK to sit with your car running?

First things first, car idling isn’t necessarily harmful to your vehicle, but it does have effects. You can waste almost a gallon of gas if you leave your car idling for more than an hour. Burns up oil. Longer time leaving your engine running causes more motor oil to be circulated and burned up.

Is it OK to sit in an idling car?

Warm up the cabin interior by driving, not idling. Easing into your drive is also the best way to get your vehicle’s heating system delivering warmer air faster. Sitting in an idling car means you are breathing in more of the dirty exhaust that leaks into the car cabin.

Can I leave my car running for 20 minutes?

Your 20 minutes is killing us all. , Drive, race, and periodically work on cars. No, there is nothing harmful about leaving the engine running for a prolonged period of time. The engine operates at light load and has very little wear.

How long can I leave my car running with AC?

But setting my environmental preferences aside, you can let any car idle with the AC on for a long time without doing any harm. As long as the cooling system is working properly, you should be able to sit in any modern car you buy and let it idle indefinitely. Or at least until you run out of gas.

What happens if you leave your car running overnight?

Ray: Well, to answer your first question, leaving the car running all day won’t do any damage. As long as the engine’s cooling system is working normally, a modern car can run for days and days — until it runs out of gas — without causing itself any harm.

What happens if you leave the car running in the garage?

Cars, trucks, or other engines are left running in enclosed spaces, such as garages. Carbon monoxide can build up in a garage and leak back into the house. Even sitting in an idling car in an open garage can be dangerous.