ac compressor not kicking on

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

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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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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