This little car really puts out the heat and is very capable, but tends to blow cooler air on my feet even when blowing hot air from the dash vents. Has anyone else experienced this and had it corrected by the dealer, before I drive 200 miles to my dealer?

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Do you have the 'recycle air' button on?

MJB
The rotary switch should be in the 6 o'clock position to direct air through the floor vents. If you want hot air, turn up the temperature.

spicejax said:
Do you have the 'recycle air' button on?

MJB
Thanks robert, but I've tried all of this. feet only position on the dial, temp to full max, recirc. on. I still don't get air as warm as I can get out of the dash vents. Any blending between upper and lower and your feet are cool, not toasty as they might be if the air was the same temp out of both sets of vents.

Robert Ricewasser said:
The rotary switch should be in the 6 o'clock position to direct air through the floor vents. If you want hot air, turn up the temperature.

spicejax said:
Do you have the 'recycle air' button on?

MJB
What happens when you close some of the upper vents and cram some of that warm air to the lower vents...???
The airflow moves to the foot-well but exits much cooler than it was coming out of the dash vents. Hence my puzzlement.


Brabus007 said:
What happens when you close some of the upper vents and cram some of that warm air to the lower vents...???
Hey Zippin Pippin, You need to make sure that you do not have the recirculating air switch on. The air must come from the fresh air intake which is located under the front service flap directly in the center (the wide black duct) top. When you use the recirculating function it also activates the A/C compressor which in turn cools the ambiant air coming into the car and the directional control switch should be pointed at your feet. Try that then let me know if you are still having a problem.
Recirc doesn't turn on the compressor. The A.C. button does. Recirc. does actually close the flap for outside air. Or at least it should. My windows will fog almost immediately if I turn on recirc, without the a.c. button on. I am surprised that I get as much a difference in temp. from foot to dash.

Randy Fuller said:
Hey Zippin Pippin, You need to make sure that you do not have the recirculating air switch on. The air must come from the fresh air intake which is located under the front service flap directly in the center (the wide black duct) top. When you use the recirculating function it also activates the A/C compressor which in turn cools the ambiant air coming into the car and the directional control switch should be pointed at your feet. Try that then let me know if you are still having a problem.
Sorry about that mix-up on the recirculating switch, I am to used to working on American cars that do that when you hit recir. There has got to be something wrong in the flap switch system then since it gets colder when you go from vents to floor. If it's still under warranty I'd take that booger right back to the dealer and let them figure it out. GOOD LUCK!
Thanks, Randy
I'd be taking him there if it was something more than an aggravation but I hate puttinng that kind of mileage on the little fellar and me to see the dealer about such a minor detail. The valve that has to do with exhaust emissions on the far right top of the engine is beginning to make its' racket, but I understand they just insulate it to make it quieter. I've heard one of the local dealers here has plans to open a smart center, but who knows when with the economy like it is. How has your business been affected? I guess as long as cars bust...
Rich

Randy Fuller said:
Sorry about that mix-up on the recirculating switch, I am to used to working on American cars that do that when you hit recir. There has got to be something wrong in the flap switch system then since it gets colder when you go from vents to floor. If it's still under warranty I'd take that booger right back to the dealer and let them figure it out. GOOD LUCK!
I guess my one question to you guys would be: If you have the heat directed to your feet and you have it on recirc do you get the same degree of heat as you have from the dash vents and is it really as hot? I have no trouble getting really hot air out of the dash vents. Just never that warm on my feet.

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