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PacificTourG
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Need help with my AC
#1301699 - 08/16/06 06:54 PM

When I turn on my AC it takes several minutes before it cools, but it doesn't cool as good as it used to. Also, the drivers side vent doesn't seem to blow any cold air, but the rest of the vents seem fine. My AC was recharged a year and a half ago and my condensor was replaced. The car has 67k miles

I really want to find out what's wrong. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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'98 Contour Pacific Green(Modded)
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/676416

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Tony2005
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1301710 (Re: PacificTourG) 08/16/06 07:10 PM

Could be a blend issue.

Read this thread

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projectSHO89
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1301731 (Re: Tony2005) 08/16/06 07:32 PM

It could be a number of things.

Suspects include charge level, system refrigerant restriction, weak compressor or clutch, airflow disruption, and the list goes on.

The first check has to be a refrigerant pressure check, both low and high side. After the proper test setup, readings should be taken and the center vent and outside ambient temps have to be noted.

Without proper data, the only thing you'll get will be guesses which may or may not (more likely) be useful.

A quick check that can be made is to hand-test the temperature of the inlet and outlet evaporator lines to see how much temperature differential is present. A vehicle with a correctly charged and operating system will exhibit temps on both sides that are similarly cool, usually in the 35-45 F range. A system that is low on charge or has certain other faults will have an outlet line that is substantially warmer than the inlet.

Steve

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98 Contour SE Sport 2.5 Duratec ATX The wifey's car
89 Taurus SHO - 246K miles
94 SHO ATX - 190K
1997 F-150 5.4L ATX - The Workhorse 150K.


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PacificTourG
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1302160 (Re: projectSHO89) 08/17/06 04:54 AM

I'll try to check these things out when I have time. I just hope it's not the compressor.

Let me add this: Usually when my I turn on my AC I can hear the exhaust getting louder in a steady sound, but now that my AC is having issues the exhaust gets louder and promply gets quieter; constantly changing from loud to quiet. Back and forth. It's suppose to always sound loud without changing back to quiet.

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'98 Contour Pacific Green(Modded)
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/676416

FS:'98-00 Contour front bumper.Brand new unused (Non-SVT)



Edited by PacificTourG (08/17/06 04:56 AM)

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Tony2005
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1302309 (Re: PacificTourG) 08/17/06 01:51 PM

Originally posted by PacificTourG:
..., but now that my AC is having issues the exhaust gets louder and promply gets quieter; constantly changing from loud to quiet. Back and forth. ..



Your a/c is cycling on and off.

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SVTC1136
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1302386 (Re: PacificTourG) 08/17/06 03:25 PM

Originally posted by PacificTourG:
I'll try to check these things out when I have time. I just hope it's not the compressor.

Let me add this: Usually when my I turn on my AC I can hear the exhaust getting louder in a steady sound, but now that my AC is having issues the exhaust gets louder and promply gets quieter; constantly changing from loud to quiet. Back and forth. It's suppose to always sound loud without changing back to quiet.




Sounds like the problem I had. Open the hood and see how the compressor clutch works. If it starts and stops all the time it could be that the system pressure is low. Theres a safety cutoff which makes it do this.

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PacificTourG
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1310831 (Re: PacificTourG) 09/01/06 05:16 PM

Update:
It turns out I was low on refridgerant, but the reason was because I have a small leak in one of the pressure hoses.
After they put new refridgerant in, the A/C started cooling normal as usual and that's when they noticed that one of the hoses was dripping. My A/C doesn't cycle on and off anymore, but I still need to replace one of the hoses that has the leak. I'll get around to that soon.

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FavoriteMystaque
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1310986 (Re: PacificTourG) 09/01/06 10:43 PM

Was it dripping oil? If it's just water, that is normal.

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Big Jim
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1311166 (Re: PacificTourG) 09/02/06 07:01 AM

Originally posted by PacificTourG:
Update:
It turns out I was low on refridgerant, but the reason was because I have a small leak in one of the pressure hoses.
After they put new refridgerant in, the A/C started cooling normal as usual and that's when they noticed that one of the hoses was dripping. My A/C doesn't cycle on and off anymore, but I still need to replace one of the hoses that has the leak. I'll get around to that soon.




You will never see refrigerant drip. It is invisable.

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projectSHO89
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Re: Need help with my AC new
#1311182 (Re: Big Jim) 09/02/06 11:38 AM

Originally posted by Big Jim:
Originally posted by PacificTourG:
Update:
It turns out I was low on refridgerant, but the reason was because I have a small leak in one of the pressure hoses.
After they put new refridgerant in, the A/C started cooling normal as usual and that's when they noticed that one of the hoses was dripping. My A/C doesn't cycle on and off anymore, but I still need to replace one of the hoses that has the leak. I'll get around to that soon.




You will never see refrigerant drip. It is invisable.




That's because when it leaks, it's a gas and is, as you ovserved, invisible.

Steve

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98 Contour SE Sport 2.5 Duratec ATX The wifey's car
89 Taurus SHO - 246K miles
94 SHO ATX - 190K
1997 F-150 5.4L ATX - The Workhorse 150K.


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