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April 11, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: Spraying oil as a vehicle undercoating and other questions

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JO FROM TALLAHASSEE, FLA.: You have probably heard it all, but here’s another one. I own a 1996 Buick Park Avenue. Since the middle A/C vents in the front have quit working there is clear water in the floorboard on the passenger’s side. Any suggestions?

TOM: Have the A/C condensation drain checked. It’s probably clogged with organic debris. Quite often plant matter gets into the air intake for the HVAC system. It finds its way into the evaporator case and degrades and forms a black nasty paste that clogs up the condensation drain. Then when condensation water forms from A/C operation on a hot climate, it spills over and into the vehicle. As for the malfunctioning vents, have the vacuum reserve chamber checked for a leak or for a vacuum leak in the engine compartment. If all is well with these, then the problem might be with the vacuum portion of the HVAC control switch.

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CRAIG FROM JAMESTOWN: We own a 2005 PT Cruiser with a possessed door-ajar light. On no regular interval the door-ajar light comes on, the interior lights come on and the automatic door locks cycle. Sometimes the door locks cycle without the other indicators. My wife says she going to take the car for an exorcism. HELP!!

Craig from Jamestown, NY

TOM: Have the doorjamb switches checked. When one of these goes bad, it causes the lights to light erratically. Check the door lock switch on the driver’s side; it could be internally shorted causing the locks to cycle. If these suggestions don’t work, I know a Catholic priest in Buffalo who is proficient at the Rite of Exorcism. I will provide you with his number should you need it.

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