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05' Elise -- A/C Failure

So unfortunately I was caught driving through the middle of a horrible rain storm the other day and wound up driving through a puddle that had to be about 4 feet high. The water immediately entered the cabin through the floor boards and completely shut down my AC. Now the AC blower and the blue lights when your turn the AC knob won't come on. Where do you recommend I start to fix this problem?
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First thing i'd check would be the fuse.
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I second checking the fuse. After that , there's a chance that the resister blew , there are a few threads about that , none of it is fun work and there are a few ways of fixing it. I'd if I wasn't at work I'd be able to find and link the threads but just do a search for it.

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So unfortunately I was caught driving through the middle of a horrible rain storm the other day and wound up driving through a puddle that had to be about 4 feet high.
4 feet high? Was your car underwater?'
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4 feet high? Was your car underwater?'
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The Esprit has a under water version not the Elise 😂
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lol! No, the entire car did not go under water. HOWEVER, the water was high enough inside for me to shift gears under water. Top ten scariest moments of my life but I HVAC'ed the entire interior and absolutley nothing is wrong except for the AC not working.

I feel very lucky but saddened that this happened at the same time.
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> the water was high enough inside for me to shift gears under water.

Holy crap. Like the shifter lever was under water?!

This sounds comically like something out of a cartoon. If that's what really went down I seriously empathize, that would stress me right out.
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Glad you and the car made it out w/o worse ramifications!
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Sorry, but very interested in learning how you ended up in a puddle such as that.

I remember driving on the sidewalk to avoid that sort of thing.

Pls explain. Thx.

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It was just crazy. I was driving through what felt just like any other rain storm in south Florida and then all of a sudden there was this flooded intersection that I came across. The puddle had to be 3-4 feet deep for about 20 yards. I could feel the wheels losing its grip on the street and my concern was the car, being as light weight as it is, would start to float or the entire engine in the back would be submersed. Luckily that scenario didn’t ever happen and I was able to drive through it.
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Btw I fixed the AC!!! It turned out to be a blown fuse (C4 in the cabin).
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It was just crazy. I was driving through what felt just like any other rain storm in south Florida and then all of a sudden there was this flooded intersection that I came across. The puddle had to be 3-4 feet deep for about 20 yards. I could feel the wheels losing its grip on the street and my concern was the car, being as light weight as it is, would start to float or the entire engine in the back would be submersed. Luckily that scenario didn’t ever happen and I was able to drive through it.

Freaking crazy man! Glad you got it fixed and everything is ok and just a $1 fuse to fix!

You're lucky it was just that one thing. I'm sure you learned your lesson! 🙂

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It was just crazy. I was driving through what felt just like any other rain storm in south Florida and then all of a sudden there was this flooded intersection that I came across. The puddle had to be 3-4 feet deep for about 20 yards. I could feel the wheels losing its grip on the street and my concern was the car, being as light weight as it is, would start to float or the entire engine in the back would be submersed. Luckily that scenario didnít ever happen and I was able to drive through it.
Thanks, friend, for posting this. We learn from mistakes, ours and others'.

Were other cars in intersection so you had idea of how deep it was?

Was there any other route, like driveway, parking lot, side street??

In the same situation, what would you do differently today?

Could be a "teaching moment".....

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Resistor Pack Change

So after a lot of reading I did the unthinkable, cut a hole in the bottom of the car to get access to the resistor pack, like most it was corroded and trashed, the motor wire was burned off. I know - cutting holes is not cool... but... Taking the clam off is major surgery and once you break open the ac lines there is a good chance you will have a leak and a new set of problems. Also, if the thing fails again your right back in it. So I liked the cut a hole plan better. Total time 2.5 hours from start to finish. I took the stock resistor pack out and made a small aluminum plate to go back in the hole and since I was going non-stock I got a resistor pack from autozone. Part # RU1076 $19.99 I made a access panel out of scrap aluminum and screwed and silicone it over the hole. I'm not saying this is the "Right" way to fix it. But If you want it fixed in 2.5 hours for 20 bucks. This is the only option I know of. Happy to provide more details if anyone needs them. [email protected]
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