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Angry AC Won't Turn Off?

If I have the AC on, and then decide to turn it off and just go with outside air, it won't turn off even if the AC light shows that it's off?? I've tried switching between outside air and recirc, turning everything completely off, etc, and it makes no difference. I have to shut the car off to get the AC to turn off!! WTF??


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Do you have the control switch at the windsheild "defrost" setting or set on "max"? If that's yes, then it's suppose to A/C the windsheild and help reducing fog up on the windsheild. As soon as the switch is set at the foot and defrost setting or any other except for the above mentioned, then the A/C is off. The motor revs higher and is a waste on gas if that's always on.
And yes the recirc air does make the A/C turn on but I forget at what setting it will actually turn on. If you press the recirc. the light does not automatically turn on except if the setting is chosen.
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^^Just checked. Recirc. air comes on only when "max" is chosen. The button will light up.

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Yea, make sure the control is not on max a/c


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On the 05's and up you have to shut the car off to turn off the AC no matter how you turned it on. Its in the manual.

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Not on max AC...

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On the 05's and up you have to shut the car off to turn off the AC no matter how you turned it on. Its in the manual.
Are you serious??? That's the dumbest f'in thing I've ever heard of!!!

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I agree. Do a quick search...there's probably a few dozen threads about this very topic by now, including one where the starter though NNA should issue a recall for it.

That sort of "feature" could tip the scales if I were considering buying an 05 or 96 right now.

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yep there is a good post on how to overide it. cut the blue wire and put a switch in, or is it the green one?
I have a 12v relay that can turn it off, but I haven't installed it. look up the post I have responded to, like prego its in there.

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I have done the "cut the blue wire" trick on my '04 2.5S and installed a switch in the blank on the left side of the dash next to the dash light dimmer control and it looks like a stock switch. HOWEVER I remember someone with a '05 trying to do the mod had no luck as the controls are different. So what it boils down to is that I can't help you but maybe someone with an '05 can.
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I figured it was a freak thing so I didn't search...

This is UNACCEPTABLE in my opinion. Almost as unacceptable as there not being rear center hooks for a baby seat in the correct locations (too far apart, located for the side locations).

I guess I could pop it in neutral and kill the car, then re-start it...

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I can't find jack squat in a search. "AC" is too short and "air conditioner" didn't reveal much...the search feature basically sucks...

What's Nissan's stance on this? Was it designed this way? Or a design flaw??? I can't imagine that it's supposed to be this way...

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The real bummer is that if you have the automatic controls you can cut off the compressor with the AC switch. Sucks for those of us that do not have the automatic stuff.
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So is this a design flaw, or does Nissan have some bogus reason why it is how it is??

Curious to know what Nissan's stance is...

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I have the same problem on my '04. Mine will stick if any of the a\c or defrost settings have been used. It does not matter what setting you have after that. The compressor will continue to run until you shut the car off. I believe it is an ECM problem with the program, since the computer tells the compressor whether or not and when to run. My car is in storage now for the winter but I am planning on taking it in, in the spring. I am sure it will be a battle with the dealer jerks. On most of the common problems on this forum I have taken to the dealer. They act like my car is the first one they have ever seen with the issue. Like the radio reception problem, they told me "I have never heard of that before." B.S.
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My '05 Altima does it, my '04 Titan does this and my '02 Sentra did this... I pulled this from the Service Manual:

DEFROSTER SWITCH
Positions the air mode doors to the defrost position. Also positions the intake doors to the outside air position.
The compressor remains ON until the ignition is turned OFF.

I am looking for the reason in black and white, but assume it's because it dries out the air and along with the heater raises the dew point. This will result in fewer fogged up windows.

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