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Old 07-12-2015, 05:27 PM
GKLCPA GKLCPA is offline
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Mein Auto: 07 E83, 87 E28, 96 LS 400
Car is Shutting off

I noticed my car runs strangely when the air conditioning is running. I've been having some issues with an occasional wandering idle which I thought might be an issue with the air intake boot, but the other day the car shut off twice just I came to a stop with the airco on each time. This does not occur with the airco off. I'm going to get an OBD reader to see if there are any codes stored and I'm planning on replacing plugs, ignition coils and cleaning the vanos soleinoids. What might the running the airco have to do with the car shutting off?
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Old 07-12-2015, 05:58 PM
joylove joylove is offline
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If it's having trouble maintaining idle, the extra load of the AC might cause a stall.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:38 AM
jlex jlex is offline
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There was a recent post where the guy's car was shutting down in traffic with the A/C on, but was okay on the highway. Turns out the A/C fan was not running like it should. Car was getting too hot, then going into some kind of protective shut-down mode. Problem was fixed when the fan was fixed. Check your cooling fan to see if its running with the A/C turned on.
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