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Old 07-18-2013, 03:25 PM
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It may just be the temperatures we are seeing here in the midwest but I am questioning how well my A/C is working. We are seeing temperatures nearing 100 degrees right now. Just grabbed lunch with some fellow employees and the truck just didn't seem to cool off as much as I think it should.

I am also noticing that there is little to no condensation hitting the ground. When I pull the truck out of the garage in the morning there is usually a little puddle on the passengers side (on the ground) but no dripping like I am used to with other vehicles. I did check the carpet on the passengers side as well and it is bone dry.

Could just be because it is so warm but it seems weird. Anyway thought I might see if any of you that live in the hotter part of the country have any experience with A/C performance in this type of heat.

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Old 07-18-2013, 03:37 PM
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Even up here in Northern British Columbia where we top out at 35 C my AC isnt working as well as my most recent vehicles. (07 ram, 09 Liberty, 99 Grand Cherokee, 02 Silverado, 94 Camaro) It seems like there is too much cab space for it to cool down fast.
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keep in mind too you have a black vehicle, they suck up heat on a hot sunny day.

on my Outdoorsman CC it takes a few minutes to start blowing cold, but really no different than my old '04 Ram 1500 SLT did. My wife's '12 Ram 1500 SLT takes about the same time to get cold too. One thing i have noticed is in mine it seems to be colder since i have tinted windows, where in her's the direct sunlight will make part of you hot and part of you cold!
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Im in chicago and my AC right now is only blowing super cold at night. Its completely normal with all this humidity and very hot temps.
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Temp here is 97....heat index is 105 in NJ.......a/c working good. just got out of the truck. I don't see a lot of condensation,... just think it is evaporating under hot chassis and on hot ground surface.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I figured having a black truck would add to the problem but I guess I never experienced this on any of my other new vehicles. My Sierra blew ice cold and cooled the cab pretty quickly. Then again we don't get many days with this type of heat in southeastern Wisconsin.
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Are you letting some of the built up cabin heat out first? My "white" truck sits outside at work all day, 6am to 330pm, in the direct sun on a concrete parking lot. When I get in I open both windows and start moving with the AC on full. It is blowing cold almost immediately, but everything in the cab is still radiating heat. I slowly raise windows as I'm driving letting more absorbed heat get out, then go to recirculate. Within 10 miles truck is very cool. After 20mins I have to turn down the AC. That's a big cab to cool down and mines just a standard cab let alone a quad cab.
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Are you letting some of the built up cabin heat out first? My "white" truck sits outside at work all day, 6am to 330pm, in the direct sun on a concrete parking lot. When I get in I open both windows and start moving with the AC on full. It is blowing cold almost immediately, but everything in the cab is still radiating heat. I slowly raise windows as I'm driving letting more absorbed heat get out, then go to recirculate. Within 10 miles truck is very cool. After 20mins I have to turn down the AC. That's a big cab to cool down and mines just a standard cab let alone a quad cab.
Exactly. I park in the shade at work in the a.m. Going to lunch, the a/c cools the truck down in a couple of minutes. But alas, as the sun moves west, I lose my shade in the p.m and the truck is like an oven. The a/c is blowing ice cold, but just can't overcome the hot interior until 10 or so minutes. And, I do oldhp's window trick as well. It is a must.
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im in west central Illinois and my a/c is cold fast. granted I have tinted windows and a reg cab. the truck cools down real quick and pisses a lot of water on the ground. u should be getting a fair amount of water draining out. u could always just pop in somewhere and have em check it out.
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Exactly. I park in the shade at work in the a.m. Going to lunch, the a/c cools the truck down in a couple of minutes. But alas, as the sun moves west, I lose my shade in the p.m and the truck is like an oven. The a/c is blowing ice cold, but just can't overcome the hot interior until 10 or so minutes. And, I do oldhp's window trick as well. It is a must.

Make that x3, I do the same. And we get temps north of 110 where I am at, though not very humid.
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