ac compressor not kicking on

Asked by mhaewafeather Jul 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM about the 1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

6 Answers


Usually, it's because all of the Freon leaked out. The compressor clutch has a fuse, the compressor clutch also has a field that can fail (not usually but...). The best thing to do is have it looked at by a qualified individual. AC systems run from 30 to 400+ PSI - bad things can happen if you don't know your way around. Some people get lucky and squirt a can of R134a at it and it works for the rest of the summer. I'd have it looked at.

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Also you may need to swap the CCRM box underneathe the air filter plastic housing. It has three relays, one for a/c compressor enable, one for the electric fan and one for the fuel pump. They are bad to just go out and cause problems with the a/c since it cycles on and off so much. They are about $100 at advance auto. See D10 on the pic and follow the arrow to where it is on the car.

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Super coaching and very clear writing. THANKS BIG-TIME !!!!!


We just put a new compressor in the car and freon and the compressor is not work fuse is ok. Got high pressure on high side don't know what happened

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Same as "diy fixer" above advice, but you may not have to replace the whole CCRM box. Open it up and look for any obviously overheated part and change it. Probably by it will be a relay with obvious bad points. Cut its cover off, clean its points, check and correct any iffy solder joints, or buy a new relay at $20 max. Prayer helps too.

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Theres not a leak on the lines compressor is fully charge it,the a/c clotch its not kicking.

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