Q: How do you operate the Dual Automatic Temperature Control system?

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How do you operate the Dual Automatic Temperature Control system?

If your car is equipped with dual automatic climate control technology, you have an advanced system capable of maintaining not only a different temperature for the driver and front passenger, but of doing so automatically. Here’s what you need to know about the controls:

  • Auto/Driver Temp: This dial adjusts the temperature on the driver side. Push the center to set automatic functionality. Turn the dial to manually change the temperature. The system will automatically adjust air conditioning, heat, and fan speed to maintain the set temperature.

  • Rear Defroster: Push this button to activate the rear window defroster (not automatically controlled).

  • Defrost: Use this to defrost/defog the windshield (not automatically controlled). Push the button twice to cancel defrost and return to automatic climate control.

  • Defrost and Lower Vents: This turns on the front defroster and the lower vents in the front (not automatically controlled). Press the button a second time to return to auto.

  • Power: The Power button turns the Climate Control system on and off. It also allows you to control the fan manually (not auto). Press the Auto button to turn on automatic climate control.

  • Upper Vents: This produces air from the upper vents (not automatically controlled). Press “Auto” to return to auto climate control.

  • Split Vents: This blows air from both the upper and lower vents (not automatically controlled). To return to automatic climate control, press the Auto button.

  • Floor Vents: This blows air out of the lower vents at your feet (not automatically controlled). Press “Auto” to return to automatic climate control.

  • Pass Temp: This allows you to set a different temperature for the passenger side of the car. Press it to turn auto passenger control on, and press it again to turn it off. The passenger side can be set with this knob to a different temperature than the driver side.

  • Heated Seats: If your car is equipped with heated seats, you’ll have a separate button for the driver and passenger seats. Press the button and the seat heater will turn on. Press it again to turn it off.

  • Recirculate: This turns the system from fresh air to recirculated air.

  • Max A/C: This turns on maximum air conditioning. Switch from Max A/C to normal A/C by pushing the button again.

  • A/C: Push the button to turn the air conditioner on or off.

  • Outside Temp: This displays the temperature outside the car (if equipped).

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