I’m writing my first (and dual-purpose) “introduction”-slash-“I need help” post. This forum is great, hoping someone knows what’s up.
I’m in a ’12 Rav4 "Sport" model (4cyl 2WD), and it’s freaking awesome, and not only because I climbed into it after climbing out of an ’06 PT Cruiser. (Don’t ever buy one of those.)
I bought it certified from Don McGill Toyota in Katy (Houston), back in June. A couple of months later, I noticed that when I’m sitting still (at a stoplight or in park) and running the a/c, the compressor was cycling on and off , about once every 20 seconds or so.
I took it into Charles Maund Toyota (Austin) to have them check it out. They discovered that the compressor only had about a quarter-pound of refrigerant in it. They couldn’t tell immediately whether it was leaking, or whether Don McGill just didn’t charge it up before they sold it to me (more about the a/c repair at Don McGill below). They charged it back up to 1.25 lbs, with some dye in it to detect any future leaks, and sent me on my way. I was to let them know if it started doing it again.
Sure enough, I was back to them within a month. This time, when they checked it they said it didn’t lose any refrigerant, and they hooked it up to their computers which told them everything else was operating normally. So they didn’t do anything that day.
I know that when I test drove it at Don McGill before buying it, the a/c wasn’t working. They were in the process of making the vehicle ready for sale, and told me at that point that they were repairing/replacing the condenser. As a side note, it's possible that this repair was related to a collision that was not on the CarFax report (still a little chapped that the dealer didn’t mention that, although I think they priced it appropriately).
I took a quick vid of the fan while the a/c was running:
Is this, in fact, how this system normally operates? Just wondering if someone has knowledge of a specific problem that would cause, or if that’s just how it runs, but that seems weird.
Anyone want to tackle this one? I greatly appreciate any input you’ve got.