2010 Fusion SEL engine shut off when AC was turned on


Asked by May 27, 2016 at 09:00 PM about the 2010 Ford Fusion SEL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

A few days ago when I turned on AC (first time of this year) while waiting for traffic light, the battery light was on and engine shut off. It drives normal when I turned off AC and restart the car. This problems continued for a few days. Battery is normal. However today I tested again, and everything back to normal, i.e. engine works normal while AC on. I wonder what the problem could be. It was scary. Imagine if I turn on AC while I am driving on highway

4 Answers

Rod Fletcher

Battery light coming on was probably because the engine was off, and probably not a cause for the stall. I also do not think you'd have to worry about the engine stalling while you're driving along, as the engine speed is high enough as to not be stopped by the extra load of the AC compressor. That being said, if your AC had not been used in months(but it does come on when you use defrost), it's possible that the oil in the system had collected in the compressor or elsewhere, in such a way that the compressor is very bogged down temporarily, and the extra load from that might be enough to stop the engine at idle while in gear.


Thank you, Rod. Your answer made me feel better. Do I still need to go to the dealer to get if checked?


Very good Rod, you were right on, all the way up to the point of the idle, today's vehicles have computer controlled idles, so when the A/C was turned on it should have compensated for the increased load and prevented it for bogging down and quitting, as it seems to have straightened out, at this point I would recommend that next time your by a parts store that can test for codes have it checked for any, it may have just stored them in memory, but are not critical enough to light the check engine light. HTH

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks a lot, Tennisshoes. I will go to parts shop again and get it checked.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • My 2010 Fusion dies out when driving 19 answers

    Driving on interstate 70 mph Fusion dies out as if it is not getting enough fuel. After getting over to side of road, turn engine off for 10 minutes and starts right up and purrs like a kitten. Diagn...

    2010 Ford Fusion SEL


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2010 Ford fusion

    I will be driving down the road and the radio will shut off and it will say low tire and doors open and I won't have no brake lights and no Blinker's I tried to pull over and reshut the doors and t...

    2010 Ford Fusion SEL


    Maintenance & Repair

  • How do i put power steering fluid in my 2010 in my ford fusion 2 answers

    2010 Ford Fusion SEL


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford Fusion no start? 1 answer

    I have a 2008 ford fusion that I took to crappy tire because it would not start. they ran the codes, they told me a couple temperate sensors needed replaced and the car was showing like it was overhea...

    2008 Ford Fusion SEL


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Fusion in your area?

CarGurus has 78,559 nationwide Fusion listings starting at $1,450.


Search Ford Fusion Questions

Ford Fusion Experts

#1 FordNut
Reputation 580
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 300
#3 bruceiroquoia
Reputation 290
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Focus"
1,211 Great Deals out of 56,709 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord"
1,254 Great Deals out of 78,695 listings starting at $1,400
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
1,147 Great Deals out of 72,964 listings starting at $695
Used Toyota Camry"
1,580 Great Deals out of 98,373 listings starting at $895
Used Ford Taurus"
360 Great Deals out of 23,103 listings starting at $1,400
Used Nissan Altima"
1,340 Great Deals out of 87,462 listings starting at $1,095
Used Hyundai Sonata"
971 Great Deals out of 51,470 listings starting at $1,200
Used Kia Optima"
601 Great Deals out of 31,662 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Mustang"
725 Great Deals out of 41,064 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Civic"
1,145 Great Deals out of 59,092 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Charger"
640 Great Deals out of 29,672 listings starting at $2,275
Used Chevrolet Impala"
935 Great Deals out of 35,693 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Escape"
1,710 Great Deals out of 93,978 listings starting at $788
Used Ford F-150"
3,257 Great Deals out of 216,652 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Cruze"
985 Great Deals out of 69,761 listings starting at $3,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Fusion For Sale
39,228 listings starting at $15,790
2016 Ford Fusion For Sale
187 Great Deals out of 10,084 listings starting at $11,927
2015 Ford Fusion For Sale
175 Great Deals out of 4,387 listings starting at $10,500
2014 Ford Fusion For Sale
337 Great Deals out of 7,203 listings starting at $8,500
2013 Ford Fusion For Sale
268 Great Deals out of 5,711 listings starting at $6,992