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post #1 of 12 Old 04-12-2016, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Tried to use my AC for the 1st time last week and nothing. Scheduled an appointment with the dealer for today. Diagnosis, no refrigerant in the system. No sign of a leak after they filled it up. They'll check it again later this week. Never had a new car with this problem. We'll see what happens.
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Well, good thing you didn't try running it for too long. Many systems depend on the refrigerant or other liquid in there to keep things from overheating and seizing up. I don't know for sure if that would have happened here, but I wouldn't want to chance it.
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Well. No AC again today, so there's obviously a leak. Dealer will try again on Friday. Hopefully they'll find the issue this time.
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So, diagnosis, bad evaporator. One week has gone by and the dealer is still waiting on the part, so my car sits and I'm driving a fancy Mazda 6 loaner car. At least the 6 has working A/C.

What sucks is I'm pretty sure they'll have to take the whole dash apart to access the evaporator and since they're only getting warranty reimbursement I'm nervous about the quality of the repair. Kinda of bummed.

Here's a YouTube video showing the repair for a sensor on an evaporator. Lot's of labor involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-eK5fH9f3s

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Not to worry i m sure they will fix it OK,, your under warranty for 36 k so just make sure all's OK
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Watching that video almost made me ill thinking about if that was my car.The cabin filter please you have to remove the dash to replace the cabin filter.
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Watching that video almost made me ill thinking about if that was my car.The cabin filter please you have to remove the dash to replace the cabin filter.
No, all Mazdas with replaceable cabin air filters are accessible through the glove box. You usually have to remove the glove box to get at it, but that's maybe a 30 second job, including removal of junk from the glove box. No tools even needed.
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Latest update. No part available until mid-May at the earliest. More likely end of May, so my CX-3 will be out of commission for around two months. I hope this defective evaporator is unique to my vehicle only. Not very happy with the Mazda USA parts supply chain.
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If they cant repair it under 45 days they should give you new car.

1.5 FWD with mods to follow...
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Latest update. No part available until mid-May at the earliest. More likely end of May, so my CX-3 will be out of commission for around two months. I hope this defective evaporator is unique to my vehicle only. Not very happy with the Mazda USA parts supply chain.
Man that really sucks, but I think we can all expect similar delays if we have issues. Probably a "perk" of going with a relatively small car company that can't afford to have too many parts laying around.

Like nik007 says perhaps they should give you a new car, maybe you can argue for one.

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