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What does the 'Econ' button do?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by monty77, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. monty77

    monty77 Member

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    ..on my S3's climate control panel - tis not in the manual!

    Cheers,
    Adam
     
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    econ button deactivates the air con compressor.
     
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    econ button deactivates the air con compressor.
     
  5. monty77

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    Fantastic, thanks! I though as much as the revs drop when you press it...

    Cheers,
    Adam
     
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    also eats your fuel! so best to keep off till summer !
     
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    i'm gonna keep the econ button pressed (ie keep the aircon off) over winter ... seeing as it will help MPG and its not like i need to cool the outside air anyway.. cold enough out there!
     
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    so are you saying you should be driving around with the Eco botton pressed??? so the econ light is on?? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    light on = air con off
    light on =economy /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  10. wigginer

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    Turning 'on' the Econ button turns 'off' the compressor. This means the air con cannot introduce 'dry & cold' air into the passenger space.

    This means:

    1. Better economy.
    2. No forced cooling.
    3. No forced reduction in humidity e.g. If its cold and damp you may find your windows still steam up.

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  11. jcs356

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    I don't know if this is true or not, but I was alwasy led to believe that if your car has aircon you should run it at least every week or couple of weeks.

    If you don't, then the seals in the compressor can perish and you can lose the refrigerant gas - meaning you'll have to pay £100 for a recharge.

    Not sure if that makes sense - but I'm sure I read it somewhere.
     
  12. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost!
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    Lets not forget that the Air-con compressor switches off when the outside temperature is less than 5 degrees C, you know this when the 'ice' symbol won't stay on, no matter how many times you press the 'Auto' button. Also, it's a good idea to turn the compressor over every now and then, to prevent it from seizing which is an expensive fix!
     
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    i better give the compressor a run tomorrow then, cheers for the pointer gents /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    stupid dealership numpties!
     
  14. I leave my compressor on all the time - doesn't seem to use any (noticable!) fuel, and it means the windows never mist up, and drys my nasty sweaty hands too (oohh errr)

    Kev
     
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    ok i didnt know the complete answer to the question
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    i'll just go back to the watchers corner after running my A/C for a bit
     
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    As for this 'eats the fuel' thing, I've ran it it both positions and noticed no difference!

    I mean, over 260-300 miles are you really going to notice 5 miles here or there extra??
     
  17. jojo

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    Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention, the compressor also switches off under full throttle, so most of us that drive our cars 'properly /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif' won't notice a difference in fuel consumption - that should clarify things /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    jojo said:
    Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention, the compressor also switches off under full throttle, so most of us that drive our cars 'properly /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif' won't notice a difference in fuel consumption - that should clarify things /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif

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    Quality. A car that thinks for you!

    Heres me turning the ac off to gain that extra 3bhp when going up the 1/4mile! It does it all for me instead!
     

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