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How effective are those solar powered Car fans?

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How effective are those solar powered Car fans?

Good Afternoon,

My Ac is in my car is busted, and is too expensive to repair.

I am considering getting one of those solar powered car fans that you install on the window:

https://www.amazon.com/Window-Ventilato ... 6266093828

How effective are those solar powered Car fans?

Can anyone share their experiences with them?

Or are they just a gimmick?

Thank you!
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Given the ratings are 2.9/5, I think it's safe to say it doesn't work very well.

Just think about it - it's a weak-ass fan (solar can only power so much) without air conditioning capability. Will be the equivalent of having one vent on a low-mid fan setting in your vehicle.

What's wrong with your AC?
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Is the OP looking to keep the interior cooler while the car is parked? That's what I always though those solar fans were meant to do.

When the car is in motion, just open all the windows.
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Getbread wrote: Good Afternoon,

My Ac is in my car is busted, and is too expensive to repair.

I am considering getting one of those solar powered car fans that you install on the window:

https://www.amazon.com/Window-Ventilato ... 6266093828

How effective are those solar powered Car fans?

Can anyone share their experiences with them?

Or are they just a gimmick?

Thank you!
Waste of money. You're better off getting a windshield shade, and tinting your windows. You can DIY tint since it seems you don't want to spend much on your old car. It won't look perfect but it will help.
https://www.amazon.com/BNYD-Windshield- ... 01JAP2M2O/

You can just crack all of your windows open, but risk getting some rain, so you can get those window visors.
https://www.amazon.com/Auto-Ventshade-1 ... 001XUD46S/
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What's the cost to repair ACs right now? Is it over a grand? I remember I got my AC repaired for $750 in 2015, I believe it was the condenser that had to be replaced.
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MrBungal wrote: What's the cost to repair ACs right now? Is it over a grand? I remember I got my AC repaired for $750 in 2015, I believe it was the condenser that had to be replaced.
Depends on what's wrong. If it's just a leaky valve, it could be a $10 fix plus $80 recharge. Of course finding the leak would likely cost more.
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Two "mechanics" put UV dye in but still cant find the leak
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Getbread wrote: Two "mechanics" put UV dye in but still cant find the leak
If it's such a small leak mechanics can't find it, you should be successful with an A/C seal and recharge kit from Canadian Tire:

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/red- ... p.html#plp
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/red- ... p.html#plp

I have used it on my car years ago and it worked.
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I hear those can can also destroy components of your ac. My mechanic warned me about it with our previous car when we had a leak
buysellbuy wrote: If it's such a small leak mechanics can't find it, you should be successful with an A/C seal and recharge kit from Canadian Tire:

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/red- ... p.html#plp
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/red- ... p.html#plp

I have used it on my car years ago and it worked.
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I had a factory-installed solar-powered fan on a 1992 Mazda 929. It kept the car from overheating but it didn't keep it cool.
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IslandManGTA wrote: I hear those can can also destroy components of your ac. My mechanic warned me about it with our previous car when we had a leak
I have used it twice on my old Impala. My A/C worked well for about 5 years until I scrapped the car.

I'm sure it's not the ideal solution but given the risk/reward of putting this in an older car I wouldn't hesitate.
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Getbread wrote: Good Afternoon,

My Ac is in my car is busted, and is too expensive to repair.

I am considering getting one of those solar powered car fans that you install on the window:

https://www.amazon.com/Window-Ventilato ... 6266093828

How effective are those solar powered Car fans?

Can anyone share their experiences with them?

Or are they just a gimmick?

Thank you!
Those are meant to vent out hot air while its parked.
Its such a small and weak fan. It won’t move much air.

Like previous poster has suggested, a reflective visor would work, window tint.
Those baby window shades for the 2 back windows will help reduce. Alot of heat while parked.

One of these trucker fans will help take a bit of the edge off.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/larg ... #store=152
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Total gimmick. Solar powered anything is usually a disappointment due to how little energy a tiny solar panel will produce, unless we are talking about a huge table sized RV solar panel.

That fan won't make a dent in how hot your car gets, it is absolutely tiny and pales in comparison to the surface area of your windows letting in all the infrared radiation. Like has been said, if this is parking your best bet is to get some reflective window shades, Driving, open some windows. You can also try a wet towel soaked in cold water for evaporative cooling.
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Depending where you are, you can check out TMS auto clinic in Mississauga: https://tms-auto-clinic.business.site/

They can check the AC for you for free, and recharge it for about $80. I had mine recharged last year after 10 years and now the air is freezing cold. Also, make sure if you have a cabin air filter that you replace it so that you get proper airflow. What year/make/model vehicle do you have?
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All you can really do is drive with the windows down if you can't repair your AC.
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Getbread wrote: Two "mechanics" put UV dye in but still cant find the leak
How quickly is it leaking? Could be leaking into cabin at the IP heat exchanger, which would be hard to see unless they took it apart. Maybe drain tube is plugged and caused corrosion.
What car model/age/mileage.
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