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I did a brief search, but didn't find anything about this issue....not exactly a problem. First of all, I must say I do not have climate control on my F 150. However, at certain times of the year, my recirculation button lights up on its own. I suppose it does this when it's pretty hot and humid outside? Since it started on its own, will it revert to fresh air after a period of time? Sometimes, I think my truck has a mind of its own. lol
 

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Like this? No climate control but does the recirculation button light up by itself? Maybe something happened to your truck computer. Maybe it's just a light bulb? Which just burns but does nothing
 

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Mine does it too from time to time. I think when you turn the ac on, set it to the lowest temp, and the interior cabin temp is high like on a hot day the truck will turn on recirc to help cool the cabin faster as the outside temp is too high and the truck isn't producing cold air yet.

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Do you have it on Max A/C? That will do it.
 

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Max a/c will yes, but it also does it on its own. MIne does it on it's own all the time. You actually want it on. It will cool the truck faster and you're cooling the same air. With it off, it will have to cool the hot air it pulls in.
 

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Thanks for the replies, guys, but I already know the purpose of the recirculation function. I know it comes on automatically when max AC is activated.....vehicles have been like that forever. Even when the AC is not set at its coolest setting, it will recirculate on its own. Alex Moroz, I can tell it's not just a light coming on for no reason, and there's nothing wrong with my computer. If you listen , you can tell a difference in the air flow, and as I said, vehicles have been that way for years. I am glad to hear that mine isn't the only one to recirc by itself. Big question is....will it turn off by itself and revert to fresh air???
 

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Mine does this, too and I hate it. When the air is recirculated, it has a weird smell that I can't stand. It's like that on most cars and trucks I've driven. Just to head off any smart-ass replies, it even smells after I've taken my yearly shower! Lol. It's kind of a damp smell...can't describe it other than that. I realize it's probably one of those meant to 'help' you, but I have standard controls on an XLT and would rather it just do what I tell it to and not help me.
 

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It appears that the recirculation kicks in at a certain temp. From what I can tell so far, anything above 75 degrees outside temperature and the recirc begins. I 'll keep an eye on it. I miss auto climate control. (note to self)
 

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OK, here's the latest. Today, when I started my truck in the garage, the outside temp was 73 degrees. Recirc light was not on. Then, after I drove for a mile or so, and the outside temp was 77 degrees, the recirc kicked on. Later that night, I went to pick up some food for my wife and me, the temp dropped a few degrees, below 75, and the recirc turned off.....by itself. I think I may be on to something. 75 degrees seems to be the magic number.
 

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I have noticed my turn on by itself but it never turns off by itself sub any ambient temperature outside.

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Another update. Temperature today was in the low 70s for the most part here in NE Ohio. The recirc turned on automatically when I started up my truck in the garage, where it was 75 degrees. As I drove a few miles, and the temp outside was cooler, the re-circulation light went off. So, bottom line is, it turns on and off by itself. I'll sleep better tonight. Ha.
 

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There is a good description in the owners manual,
"Recirculated air: Press to switch between outside air and recirculated air. The air currently in the passenger compartment recirculates. This can reduce the time needed to cool the interior and reduce unwanted odors from entering your vehicle.ENote: Recirculated air may also turn on and off automatically in instrument panel or instrument panel and floor airflow modes during hot weather to improve cooling efficiency. "
 

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There is a good description in the owners manual,
"Recirculated air: Press to switch between outside air and recirculated air. The air currently in the passenger compartment recirculates. This can reduce the time needed to cool the interior and reduce unwanted odors from entering your vehicle.ENote: Recirculated air may also turn on and off automatically in instrument panel or instrument panel and floor airflow modes during hot weather to improve cooling efficiency. "
I believe that is just for vehicles with auto climate control, which mine doesn't have. Wish it did. Thanks for the reply, though.
 

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I believe that is just for vehicles with auto climate control, which mine doesn't have. Wish it did. Thanks for the reply, though.
I do not have climate control past manual, a base XL 2017 101a package and it works just a described . KM
 

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That's good to hear. Now, if I can just figure out why my sound system changes from an FM station that I was listening to before I parked and went into the store, only to come out, start up my truck and a podcast starts up without me touching my phone, and no app being open. Crazy!
 

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Good luck with the new poblem. No idea what's involved, I mostly (only?) listen to pre recorded .mp3 file on USB thumbdrive. KM
 

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When the temperatures are low (as in -20C low), it throttles back the fan speed until the coolant temperature comes up as well, regardless of my fan settings. 2016 Manual climate XLT.
From 2017:
 

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That's good information right there. Thanks.
 
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