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When my car has AUTO A/C mode turned on with fresh air mode enabled when I turn off the car. Sometimes but not always when I come back as expected the A/C returns to AUTO A/C mode but, recirculation mode is on. I prefer not to use recirculation mode. This mainly happens in hotter weather but not always. The looked throughout the manual with no luck, only finding page 169 which only explains what recirculation and fresh air modes are. So is this by design? If so what causes it to force recirculation? Can that setting be disabled or changed?

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Eco mode puts the car in recirculation 99% of the time.
Also you can auto and manually switch the recirculation off to fresh air.
Have not noticed the car switch to recirculation after manually switching it to fresh air.
 

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Recirculating the air will cool more efficiently. Just curious, why do you not like it?
 

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Eco mode puts the car in recirculation 99% of the time.
Also you can auto and manually switch the recirculation off to fresh air.
Have not noticed the car switch to recirculation after manually switching it to fresh air.
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I normally have ECO mode on let me try a few days with it turned off. Thanks!

Recirculating the air will cool more efficiently. Just curious, why do you not like it?
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I never have been a fan of recirculating mode on any car. I swear I can feel the difference but maybe it is subjective. Maybe I should run this experiment: Tape the switch so I cannot see the light press the button many times as to lose count. Drive for a while take guess if it on or off untape the switch and see if I am right. Ok a little extreme.
 

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For me it feels like the air on recirculate mode is stuffy.
 

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Ah! I agree. Using the air conditioning removes moisture from the air. On long trips it dries out my sinuses and makes the inside of my nose feel like a box of Triscuits.
 

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On hot days the AC has to work much harder if outside air is being cooled vs. recirculation of already cool air.

More work means less MPG and possibly shortens the life of the AC before repair.
 

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On hot days the AC has to work much harder if outside air is being cooled vs. recirculation of already cool air.

More work means less MPG and possibly shortens the life of the AC before repair.
Hence why recirculate is activated when the Econ button is pushed :)
 

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Learn to use automatic climate control correctly. Turn everything off, hit Auto, and select your temp. Done.
 

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Just turn off the auto mode, and you'll have full control over the AC, including re-circulation. I never use the auto mode. The last thing I want is for the control unit to open the air when I'm in heavy traffic. And I prefer to set my own fan speed.
 

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Just turn off the auto mode, and you'll have full control over the AC, including re-circulation. I never use the auto mode. The last thing I want is for the control unit to open the air when I'm in heavy traffic. And I prefer to set my own fan speed.
Everyone is different. I have always used the Auto mode in my cars that have that option. When I get into the car after it's been parked all day, I just run the temperature selector down to 65 degrees. Once the car cools down I adjust it to a comfortable temperature like 74 degrees which slows the fan speed. It still stays in Recirculate for a long time, at least for the 30 minutes it takes me to drive home. It's been very hot here ever since I bought the car. I am curious how it works when the high temperatures are only in the low 90s. :nuts:
 

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On full auto, mine only switches to recirculate when the outside temp reading reaches 80 degrees.
 

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Everyone is different. I have always used the Auto mode in my cars that have that option. When I get into the car after it's been parked all day, I just run the temperature selector down to 65 degrees. Once the car cools down I adjust it to a comfortable temperature like 74 degrees which slows the fan speed. It still stays in Recirculate for a long time, at least for the 30 minutes it takes me to drive home. It's been very hot here ever since I bought the car. I am curious how it works when the high temperatures are only in the low 90s. :nuts:
I bet if you left your temp setting at 74 the car would cool down just as quickly. Try it sometime and save yourself the trouble.
 

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I keep my AC set on anywhere from 58 to 67 if it's 70ish outside. I like it ICE cold lol

I've noticed the recirculate light is mostly always on. I don't mind it though, because I'd prefer no outside smells coming in from smokers or trucks while I'm driving.
 

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Recirculate is nice because it keeps truck/bus exhaust to a minimum inside the car. With a sensitive nose to scents it's nice to have it on.
 
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