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Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? #4475458
07/31/17 11:14 AM
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I've always wondered, should you shut your AC off first before shutting your car off? I always do whenever I drive someone's car (my AC doesn't work) but I never see anyone else do it. Am I just being nitpicky?


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475462
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Before power management systems I would turn off before shutdown and even a block or 2 before to prevent odors. Newer vehicles its probably not an issue



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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475463
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I am in the habit of doing it, too. But, it's because my dad told me that if I didn't I would be forcing the starter to turn the A/C compressor when I restarted the engine. This was on a 1972 Pontiac so who knows, it may have been true. I don't think it really matters anymore, but old habits like this are really hard to kick.

Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475464
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I would say nitpicky.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475466
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I normally turn everything off before shutdown, I want a clean start with minimal electrical load and where I can hear the motor and mechanicals before getting underway (to listen for any unusual sounds/noises). A/C would be no different.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475467
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You should shut the A/C down a few Miles/Minutes before you plan to shut off the car but leave the interior fan running.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475480
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I figure turning the AC off a few minutes before stopping the car gives the water droplets in the engine bay a chance to evaporate quickly. In any case, I don't want the AC running as soon as I start the car next time. For one, depending on your starting rpm in fast idle (1500-2000 rpm+) your AC compressor spins right up from 0 to higher rpm. The only thing worse is turning it on when at highway speeds (2500+ rpm). Surely this is not ideal for compressor longevity. I'd much rather turn on my AC when the car is at low idle (800-1100 rpm). It will then ramp up with engine speed.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475484
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I never gave it much thought. In 40+ years of driving I typically turn AC of heat off just before I shut the engine. I've never had any AC problems, other than Ford's leaking "O" rings, and a pin hole in 20+ year old AC hose.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475489
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I will always shut the A/C off before shutting the car down, but usually only a few seconds before.
Don't know why...I leave the heat on when it's cold, never even really thought about shutting that off before shutting the car down unless I expect it to be MUCH warmer the next time I turn the car on.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 69GTX] #4475496
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Originally Posted By: 69GTX
I figure turning the AC off a few minutes before stopping the car gives the water droplets in the engine bay a chance to evaporate quickly. In any case, I don't want the AC running as soon as I start the car next time. For one, depending on your starting rpm in fast idle (1500-2000 rpm+) your AC compressor spins right up from 0 to higher rpm. The only thing worse is turning it on when at highway speeds (2500+ rpm). Surely this is not ideal for compressor longevity. I'd much rather turn on my AC when the car is at low idle (800-1100 rpm). It will then ramp up with engine speed.
the compressor is constantly cycling on and off. even @ highway speeds.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475499
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I don't do it before shutdown but I do it before starting. Modern cars should delay the compressor kicking on until oil pressure is up I believe.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475509
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My A/C turns off when I turn the car off. Too hot here to drive without A/C before getting home.


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Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475512
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Turn off all electrical load before shutting the engine down.

Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475514
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In my car the AC is always on, even during winter. The climate control uses it for moisture control. Not much point in fiddling with the buttons -- set the temperature and the car decides the level of AC and/or heat. The car has a huge battery in the trunk so that's not an issue.

Re: Turn A/C off first before shutting off engine? [Re: 55Test] #4475519
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I always turn off my A/C several minutes before shutting the car off. I hate the smell when the evap is left damp and bacteria grows in there.


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