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Old 08-25-2009, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 05 ford taursus and the ac clutch locked up and popped the serpentine belt. I'm trying to repair the problem myself and wanted to know what tools are needed and when to get instructions on how to do the owrk on my own of replacing the ac compressor and the serpentine belt
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take it to the dealer.


My a/c compressor froze up too, so I replaced it with a brand new one. Now the new one is seizing up again.


The root problem behind your a/c compressor seizing up on a 4 year old car will remain if you replace only the compressor, then your new compressor will be ruined just like mine.


Cough up the extra cash, and do the job right, unless you just want to waste money like I did and still have to spend more money afterwards to do the job right.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How does AC clutch lock up? Do you mean the bearing got busted? If it is just the ac clutch, you can replace it. But if you mean the compressor shaft locking up, you may want to consider flushing the condensor. I have no hands on experience, and cannot help.

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What caused the new compressor froze up again?
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What caused the new compressor froze up again?[/b]

I wish I knew, I'm still fighting with it. I took it to one mechanic and he can't figure it out, took it to another and he won't even touch it. I'll be going to the dealer like I should have in the first place. When an a/c compressor seizes up, theres something else wrong with the system that needs to be diagnosed first, before doing ANYTHING else.
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You guys are making a big deal out of nothing. Replacing the compressor is easy, you just have to follow the instructions. Buy the Ford Service CD or DVD, and follow the instructions exactly using the tools that the instructions tell you to.

Compressors do not seize without a reason. Ac compressors are not magical creatures or women.

Torque fasteners as instructed, to the proper torque.

Too many peoiple taking things aparts and put them together incorrectly, BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO CHEAP TO BUY THE MANUAL, OR TOO IGNORANT TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.

Don't blame the car if you screwed up.

That being said, most ac clutch seizures are caused by bad ac clutch pulley bearing. When you don't replace the ac clutch pulley when it starts to fail and it wobbles, it will hit the ac clutch coil, and eventually jam against it, seizing the pulley and breaking or throwing the serpentine belt.

At this point, you either must replace the entire clutch set (magnetic plate, ac clutch pulley, and ac clutch coil) or the complete ac compressor with ac clutch set. Even it you buy a complete compressor, you still need to check and set the magnetic plate clearance, regardless of what the Parts Guy or the instructions say.

You will need a torque wrench with the correct range, normal mechanics tools, feeler gauges, snap ring pliers, serpentine belt tool, and a tool (AutoZone Free Tool Loan Program) to hold the magnetic plate so you can loosen the center bolt on the ac compressor. After installing the compressor, you will need a vacuum pump to evacuate the ac system (can borrow from AutoZone Free Tool Loan Program). and to refill the system with refrigerant you will need a set of ac manifold guages. I recommend that you buy your own set (about $44 from Harbor Freight).
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Take it to the dealer.


My a/c compressor froze up too, so I replaced it with a brand new one. Now the new one is seizing up again.


The root problem behind your a/c compressor seizing up on a 4 year old car will remain if you replace only the compressor, then your new compressor will be ruined just like mine.


Cough up the extra cash, and do the job right, unless you just want to waste money like I did and still have to spend more money afterwards to do the job right.[/b]
Are you serious? Any mechanic can do it for a fraction of the dealer price..and the dealer mechanics do not always do the job right.
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Are you serious? Any mechanic can do it for a fraction of the dealer price..and the dealer mechanics do not always do the job right.[/b]

Dead serious. I did take it to an independent mechanic the first time. We got the compressor from the dealer because it wasn't in stock at the auto parts stores, except for napa that wanted 650$ vs 375$ at the dealer. So now that the new compressor is failing, theres no warranty on it because the system wasn't repaired correctly the first time.


At least if you go to the dealer and they mess it up, they will honor their parts and warranty. When you start going to different sources and you still have a problem, it doesn't always work out so well.
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replace the dryer, expansion valve(or orifice tube) and check to see if theres junk in the condensor
and make sure you fill it with OIL and refrigerant
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You can do most of it yourself. If you replace the compressor you also need to replace the receiver / dryer. 99% of the time the warranty will be voided if you don't.

Once you get it all back together take it to a shop that can vacuum down the system. This does 2 things, it removes any moisture from the system (moisture is bad) and it verifies that the system is leak free. The system must hold a vacuum for a specified amount of time. The shop can also charge and test the efficiency of the system at the same time.
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If your Independent Mechanic did not follow procedure, and the ac compressor failed as a result, and it is not because you refused to pay for a part (like replacing the accumulator/drier as usually required by the compressor manufacturer), then it's his mistake, and he should be responsible for the failed compressor.

You could also have just gotten a bad compressor, and if you bought it, it's up to you to fight for the warranty replacement.

And Ford Dealer Mechanics screw up just as often as Independent Mechanics, and they are just as likely to try to weasel out of eating the additional parts and labor.
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