Overheating when air conditioner is on

Asked by May 21, 2018 at 09:55 PM about the 2007 Honda Element

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My daughters car only seems to
overheat during the summer time
when the air conditioner is turned
on. I have checked all the fluids,
fuses, hoses, and connections
and can find nothing out of wack.

3 Answers

1,335

The thermostat is the cheapest start in diagnosing the problem. But I think it might be the water pump. When you turn on the AC, the compressor adds more drag in the drive belt that controls the water pump.

26,830

Is the radiator fan or fans coming on when A.C is turned on ? Also you may want the try cleaning out the radiator and condenser coil maybe be clogged with dirt and bugs causing little to no air flow across them. Just use a garden hose and nozzle to clean.

20

There is a kit to check with dye you could use food coloring but it's best to get the kit. To see why it's over heating. Thermostat could be, but it could anything else.

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