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2007 Ford Focus Won't Defrost Properly


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mommiegeek
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Dec 17, 2011, 9:19 AM

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Year of vehicle: 2007
Make of vehicle (Ford/ Chevrolet): Ford
Model of vehicle ( Taurus/ Cavalier): Focus SE
Engine size (2.0/ 5.7):
Mileage/Kilometers: 69,000

(Sorry couldn't answer the engine question, but it's the smaller engine size)

Back in October, I started having problems with my climate control selector switch. At first it would stick between defrost and defrost/heat. Then it began to turn freely, but it was stuck defrosting.

Took it to the dealer for repair. $200+ later, I get it back and it still sticks between defrost and defrost/heat.

Took it back. It's rough moving it, but it no longer sticks.

Now, however, the vehicle does not defrost properly. First the windows fog up rather quickly with or without the heat on. (And by rather quickly, I mean within in 5 minutes)

Secondly, when the defrost is on and blowing on high, the side windows do not defrost (or if they are defrosting, they are doing it very slowly). Depending on the temperature and the humidity the front window will defrost at a slow rate or a very, very slow rate. Also the frost gathering on the windows is very much thick and moisture laden, almost the consistency of the sort of frost that would be found outside the car in the early fog. Rolling the windows down and bringing them back up does not scrape it off.

The fog on the inside front window sometimes seems to have an oily, slick consistency to it.

Could the dealership have done something when they went to fix my climate control switch? What could the problem be? Should I take it back to the dealer or find a new repair shop?


Discretesignals
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Dec 17, 2011, 10:22 AM

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Does the fog have a sweet smell to it?

You should take it back. If something is found to be damaged that was caused by the repair they performed, they should own up to it and you shouldn't pay anything.





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mommiegeek
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Dec 17, 2011, 10:41 AM

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There is an odd smell sometimes, though I don't know that I would call it sweet. Just . . . off. It's hard to describe, and I'm sorry if that doesn't help much. It's not a bad smell or a burning smell, however.


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Dec 17, 2011, 10:47 AM

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Take the coolant reservoir cap off and take a sniff to see if the smells are similar. Make sure engine is cold when taking the cap off.





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mommiegeek
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Dec 17, 2011, 11:59 AM

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Yes, it does smell similar to that.


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Dec 17, 2011, 12:08 PM

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If those smells are similar and you have an oily fog on the windshield, you probably have a leaking heater core. Replacement of whatever component was replaced may be tied to the reason the heater core is leaking. You should take back and have them check it out.





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