AC wont stay on recirculate (2 Questions)


Asked by Nov 27, 2015 at 04:26 AM about the 2004 Toyota Corolla LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1st since Ive purchased this 2004 Corolla, The Recirculate button will not stay on. This is the button that is used to keep outside Air from coming in. I know all the issues with continuous usage. I need it for roadside grass cutters, Sewage plants I may pass , or even just being behind any foul smelling Vehicle. Ive tried Holding for seconds to reset, cleaned the glove box filter, and Currently use a US Dime wedged between the Button to use this feature of Re circulation.
My Question is this, Is there a fix to why the Recirc wont stay on after pressing the button?
Lastly, AC was mildly cold and cycled a bit more than I figured would be normal, So I Added a R134a. Yes to the Low side, and found that the AC Was not even blowing cold air anymore. Ran for awhile, then Again keeps cycling. I released a bit of the gas, since I did not have a gauge. But it seems to still be cycling, But blowing again mildly cold air.
Im leaning towards Orface tube, Anyone had this issue and resolved?

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First, your recirculate setting will always allow at least 20% outside air in car- Federal Law. The car can not be sealed (Courtesy -Jim taught me that) so there will always be at least some outside air coming in. Now, not so fast on the orifice. You MUST have a gauge and pat attention to the ambient air temperature when you check it. Also, it's supposed to cycle , the compressor that is. It never runs all the time.

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Not long ago I had a very long discussion about this... click these images for full screen and go see:

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Thank you FORD Nut. I did read the long discussion you spoke of. I was able to however also find a gauge on a 134a fitting in my garage and found that yes, Pressure was in the red. I adjusted it down to the green safe zone and its absolutely fine now. Thanks. And on the recirculate button, I realize there will be no full seal. My question was why wont it stay on this setting? When depressed, the green light comes on and I get the TURBO A/C Feel..... seconds after letting go it returns to previous mode with the light having already turned off when button was released.

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Ya got me there. Only thing I can think of is the switch it's self is bad. But remember when you turn the temperature dial all the way in to the blue, to the left it has to go all the way until it clicks for "MAX A/C"

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yessir...... Mahalo

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