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Owners of 2016 Chevrolet Camaros are frustrated by air conditioning problems

Several owners of 2016 Chevrolet Camaros say they are being plagued by problems with their air conditioning. Owners from Arizona to Florida are frustrated because the dealers haven't been able to fix the issues.


This has been one of the hottest summers on record, in many areas of the country, and some 2016 Chevrolet Camaro owners are really hot about their air conditioning malfunctioning. PJ first raised the issue, about his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT, on a popular Camaro site. “I am so disappointed that I felt the need to share. I have had my 6th Gen for 5 weeks now and of that, I've driven it for maybe 3.

The air conditioning randomly goes from blowing cold air to warm, with no reason found to date. The dealership has already replaced a wiring harness and is now in the process of replacing some other parts of the unit. They also managed to chip my door the last time it was there so they are supposed to repair that too. The scary part is they don't seem to know what really is causing the problem.”

Other Camaro drivers affected

PJ is not alone. Once he mentioned, others quickly followed suit. A Florida driver says, “My AC decided to turn off randomly this week for a brief period. Once I was able to come to my destination and turn off the car I turned it back on and it decided to start working. Kinda scary.”

PJ tried turning it off and on. It appeared to work for a time, but what a hassle, driving in the Arizona heat. “It happened to me pretty much daily. And every time I would have to restart the car and it would go back to blowing cold air. I just got the car back and they replaced an hvac sensor this time. We'll see if that does the trick. They also repainted my door. Overall I'm not happy with the dealership and will not be buying another car from there, ever. Here's hoping it's finally fixed and I can enjoy the car finally!”

PJ’s happiness was short-lived. “Just an update, the dealer replaced the HVAC control module and it worked ok for about a week. Now it's back to going out every day. Car is back in the shop again for the 4th attempt to repair. It also seems like the dealer is doing everything possible to not tear apart the dash to get at the HVAC wire harness. I have a feeling that will need to be the next step though. So much for a "new" car.”

PJ’s saga continued. “Latest update: the dealer actually got the AC issue to happen while hooked up to their computers. They will need to replace the HVAC temp actuator on the left side of the system. This is the part that they thought it was to start with but GM tech told them it wasn't...go figure.”

In the meantime, several other owners say they are having the same issues and frustrations with having the fixes repeatedly fail. Skydiver, from Virginia, says, “.I test drove a Camaro 1SS and had the A/C problem. Left that dealer and went to another a week later. Picked up a different SS last Saturday. Had it less than a day and had to take it back with A/C issues. They replaced an actuator (so they said). A/C was working nice n cold, drove off and by that evening, I was back at the dealer. Same issue; compressor will not come on at all. Driving around in a loaner.”

Jay, from Columbus, adds, “I'm not sure how prevalent this issue was but I came here to post this exact problem. My a/c cuts out all the time. I was waiting for a tsb or something to come out before I brought it in.”

PJ posted another update. “GM told my dealership techs the dash would need to come out. Luckily it did not and they were able to replace the actuator without tearing anything apart. I mentioned in another post that I suspect this is going to become a well known issue as the actuators seem to be cheap and failing. I've had my car back for a little over a month and everything has been working fine. But I fully expect it to happen again at some point. Hopefully by now GM should have some case knowledge on this issue and be able to get to the root cause faster for anyone affected.”

And drivers are still affected. Just today, another driver posted, from California, where the weather has been crazy hot. G writes, “My 2016 2SS has the same problem. We've been having 103-112 days here and I have found the passenger side center and dash vents blow hot air with the AC on. I've tried restarting the car and that worked once. Now it does it overtime we really need the ac. Hot air from the right vents!”

I have not been able to find any TSBs about the air conditioning problem on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaros. I have written at length about problems with the air conditioning on 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras. In the trucks, the condensers have been failing and it is an expensive fix, usually over $1000. In those cases, drivers have been told that there will not be a recall. Recalls are apparently only required for safety issues and air conditioning is considered a comfort issue.

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Name Tommy Thompson (not verified)    September 10, 2017 - 4:14PM

I have a 2016 Camaro 2SS with the exact same air conditioning problems. I printed this article out and took it to the dealership. They told me this article means nothing to them. They could not find the problem. I took it back again 1 week later....same results. I am now going to trade it in on a new Corvette. Bottom line is this, if the "shop computer" does not show a problem you are toast.

Dave LaCombe (not verified)    July 21, 2019 - 8:32PM

In reply to by Name Tommy Thompson (not verified)

I bought a 2016 Camaro RS 2LT, Drivers side a/c is cold, Passenger side hot or warm. Dealership removed the dash, the doors, and the seats to change a $37 actuator. It was all taken apart. It took them exactly 3 weeks. I picked the car up at 5pm from the Dealership. The Next morning it was blowing hot again. I brought it back and they said I jammed a yellow golf tee inside it, and it was holding the blend door open. Really Mr Goodwrench ? That’s weak. It’s still at the Dealership now. They pretend that having this A/C issue is New to them. Thanks to the Internet, I realize this Chevy problem is unsolved.

Dave LaCombe (not verified)    August 2, 2020 - 12:58PM

In reply to by Dave LaCombe (not verified)

As expected, there was no yellow golf tee holding the blend door open, just a cheap camera used by Mr Goodwrench that could not recognize that it was looking at the sensor. So, 1 year later, 2 times having my doors, dash, and seats torn out of my beautiful 2016 red 2LT, it still blows hot from the passenger side while the drivers side is nice and cold.Its 107’ here in Northern California regularly during May, June, July and August. So a miserable car to drive. Already gave up on Chevy trucks after being a lifelong customer, now giving ip on their cars too. Dealership seems tired of seeng me there also. Needs to be Lemon Lawed out. Guess I’ll just drive this piece of crap during the Winter. So disappointing

rich (not verified)    May 13, 2020 - 12:40PM

In reply to by Name Tommy Thompson (not verified)

i had the same problem with multiple trips to the dealership and lots of replacement parts. turns out it was a simple $2 fix. a ground wire runs from condenser to a grounding screw that is some distance away. the grounding screw became lose causing the ground wire to jiggle with road bumps, acceleration, sharp turns, etc. . that made the a/c stop and start blowing hot and cold. once they tightened the screw the problem stopped and it has now been 2 years.

mike (not verified)    September 24, 2017 - 10:57AM

My friend's car had the same issue. The problem comes from the blend door. The dealer charges 3,000 to 3,500 plus tax to replace the blend door. This repair consist of removing the entire dash board and windshield. I have done this repair without removing the dash board or the windshield. Anyone in the Georgia area looking for this repair for 1/3 of the stealership price, feel free to contact me.

Kimberly Hunt (not verified)    May 8, 2018 - 1:44PM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

I am having this same issue. The temp door or actuator - whatever its called is broken and they need to remove my dashboard and windshield. they are also stating if they shatter my windshield, I will have to pay for another one (you'd think they would replace it if it broke while with them for repairs!!!). Where are you located. I am in the Cartersville area. If not your part of GA, can you recommend someone close to me?

Lance Ballew (not verified)    May 9, 2018 - 11:33PM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

Please let me know the details my car has been in the shop for 2 weeks went from 450 evaprator valve to a 1000 for compressor now the tell me the flap door another 1500 on top of other parts not going to pay that uugghh

Roger D (not verified)    April 1, 2019 - 8:52AM

In reply to by Lance Ballew (not verified)

I did this repair on my customer's 2012 camaro. Same issues blend door broken. Yes its expensive to do all that remove dashboard and windsheild but there is a shortcut. Found a vid on youtube only 2 vids of this shortcut. I tried it like this and it worked. Was a pain in the ass to do but was worth the trouble to remove dash.
Im located in austin, tx.

David Lazelle (not verified)    July 22, 2019 - 9:22PM

In reply to by Roger D (not verified)

I live in Austin tx. I have a 2014 ss convertible camaro with the blend door issue, blows hot air on driver ac on passenger side. how much to fix it?.please help this is bull that GM wont acknowledge the obvious ptoblem that there cheap parts are causing.

Roger Dinarte (not verified)    July 23, 2019 - 8:51PM

In reply to by David Lazelle (not verified)

If you know for sure it's the blend door issue then yes I can fix it. But is best if I look at it to be sure because the temperature sensor could also be your problem.
But for total cost on blend door is $650.

Sherry (not verified)    July 3, 2018 - 6:06PM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

Having this same issue with my 2016 camaro. Dealership and local shops are all saying the dash needs to be removed and will cost at least $2k... if you can beat that please reply!

Leetta Simmons (not verified)    May 27, 2020 - 5:13PM

In reply to by Mike (not verified)

2016 AC . Paid $200, for Freon it’s still not working, now they say I need a compressor. If you work on Chevy Camarillo please send me a response. I live in Savannah

James Merryman (not verified)    July 4, 2018 - 11:59AM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

First I want to mention that I spent 30 plus yrs as a dealer tech but back to the issue at hand. 2013 Camaro temp control doesen,t respond. and it goes off and on.along with radio .Ok if diag reveals. Actuator or blend door do you have a detail ed. Instructions on a shortcut ?

Quez Lee (not verified)    July 6, 2019 - 2:44PM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

Hi, I have a 2014 Chevy Camero. The driver side air is blowing warm air and the passenger side is cold. Started a month a ago. I came across your story on the internet. I’m interested in hearing more details about the issue that you may have came across. Thanks.

Peter E Petiote (not verified)    August 21, 2019 - 6:50AM

In reply to by mike (not verified)

Hey! How are you? I'm writing in response to your comment. I'm having the same issue, how much you think you can repair mine for me? Mine is a lease I was thinking about to return it where I got it from because I don't want to pain so much to repair a lease car.