So I’ve been having some issues with my 2012 Chevy Orlando recently, and decided to notate the issues in point form. I’m pretty cash strapped right now, so I’m hesitant to take the car in without having a more firm idea of what the problem is. I don’t want to get into a situation where they’re replacing things in a ‘trial and error’ method. If anyone has any solid ideas here, that would be great.
• Car occasionally idling rough. Feels like a lurch or a hitch while idling – possibly when the AC compressor kicked in. RPM’s would raise slightly and drop when this happened.
• Noticed AC was not blowing cool air after a long drive. This corrected itself same day.
• Had oil changed and levels topped up at a drive through oil change place. Crossed my mind that they may have used the wrong type/inferior oil/wrong coolant top up?
• Noticed a wet passenger’s side floor, front. Concerned about a heater core leak. Patted with a white napkin. Colorless, odorless. Appears to be water/condensation. After some research, thought this might be due to a clogged AC drain. This problem persisted on long drives with the AC at max. Carpet remained dry on short trips, or with the AC turned off.
• Caught in a downpour – ran through some deep puddles – concerned for electrical components
• An hour or so later: AC starts blowing hot air
• Idling at drive through – engine overheats – turn heat and fan up to disperse excess heat
Dispersed heat and noticed rad fan not running. Check again when I got home and it was running, but seemed slow.
• Squealing sound, like a loose belt, when pulling away
• Notice a correlation between overheating and the AC being turned on
• Coolant levels appear fine in surge/overflow tank
• Driving with AC off until I am able to get the car looked at (AC no longer blows cold air at all)
• Car overheated at long idle with AC turned off
• Turned up heat/fan to disperse heat