2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Climate Controls on the Fritz
March 20, 2014
After refueling our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro, I went to turn on the seat heaters and adjust the manual climate controls. I pressed the button for the seat heater but nothing happened. I pressed it again, nothing. Then I noticed that none of the climate control buttons were backlit (as they normally would be when the car is running) and none of them were responding to my commands. Uh-oh.
The air-conditioning continued to hum along at a low level, right where it was set when I turned the car off, but I couldn't turn it up or down. The fan speed, temperature control, and fan mode selection were all unresponsive. After I parked the car at the office, my next course of action was to check the fuses.
But before I inspected any of the fuses, popped the hood or checked anything really, I happened to start the car up again and everything was working just fine. Heated seats, air-conditioning, rear defroster and all other electrical systems functioned regularly. The car had been parked about 20 minutes and seemingly fixed itself.
Without a problem to diagnose, I'm left hoping we got lucky and the tiny electrical gremlin (whatever it was) stays away. In any case, we'll keep our eyes open for future problems.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 5,509 miles