Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Air conditioning is useless now and it’s summer

asked by on

The air conditioning stopped working the other day in my 2008 Toyota Sienna. I really hate when that happens because you only discover a broken air conditioner when it’s hot enough to want air conditioning. The van only has about 85,000 miles on it. It’s been hot all week. What’s the fastest way to get this fixed?

A: Greetings and thank you for writing in with...

Greetings and thank you for writing in with this question! A/C problems can be caused by a number of failed components. Does the vehicle have rear A/C? If so, does the front work while the rear doesn’t? This would indicate that the mechanical portion of the system is functioning properly and that the failure is likely electrical. If the entire system is inoperative, it could be due to a failed fuse, compressor, serpentine belt, belt tensioner, electric fan, or condenser. Unfortunately, when A/C systems fail, the repairs can be expensive. I wouldn’t recommend attempting to charge the system with parts store refrigerant. This could cause further damage to the system and can contaminate the existing refrigerant. The fastest way to get your A/C fixed is to contact a local mechanic (like those with YourMechanic) and have the system inspected and diagnosed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: car slows with acceleration

The hesitation may be a dirty throttle body or bad throttle position sensor (TPS). If it drives better with OD off, I suggest leaving it off or having it diagnosed and repaired. It won't hurt anything to leave it off...

Q: I have a squeaking sound when I hit bumps on the left hand side

Hello. Most of the time when you get squeaks when hitting bumps it is due to worn out suspension bushings or an issue with the struts. I usually get the vehicle in the air and fully inspect the bushings and...

Q: Car shakes when air turned on

There are a few components that could cause this abnormal shake such as the motor mounts, belt pulleys and spark plugs. The most common cause of the shake being from faulty motor mounts. I suggest having a trained mechanic, such...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...