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Does the A/C still work in your Escort?

Discussion in 'HVAC' started by zzyzzx, Nov 22, 2017.

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Does that A/C in your Escort still work?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Car never had A/C

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  1. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I have to figure that especially on the 1st and 2nd gen Escort working A/C is probably rare.
    Answer poll and indicate age of car, and any other pertinent info.
    If you removed it answer no.
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  2. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    A/C does not work in my 1995LX, and hasn't for years. I forget how many years, but at least a few. It has a leak that I can't find (and a pretty bad one). I have another car to drive during the summer anyway, which as working A/C, and that car doesn't turn into snail when I use the A/C, so I don't care to fix the Escort's A/C all that much right now. I have not gotten around to removing my A/C, but I probably should. Around here you really do need A/C, but really if your commute is short enough, and you don't mind sweating on your way home from work in the evening, it's tolerable without A/C.
  3. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    ill trade you my non ac car for your broken ac car
  4. Joey_Twowagons

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    Mine had the A.C. and power steering removed by the previous owner, and I moved the alternator down here:

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    There's no real need for air conditioning where I live, although on our summer vacations we enjoy air conditioning in the "new" 1999 car with working A.C., the first the wife and I have ever had.
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  5. Pizzaman5000

    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    My 91 lx and (my brother's) 96 lx both have O.K. A/C on what appears to be original parts. The 91 has mediocre a/c, and the compressor is kinda loud, but probably never retrofitted either.... I have never evacuated it either, just topped it up and stuff. Someday, I'll rebuild it, who knows if stop leak or god knows what is in there.

    both have failed me, my 91 did several times. Every time it was a dirty connection somewhere, aside from a few isolated incidents after a wire was sucked into the serpentine belt.
    *I never did any real A/C work, even though I have a couple semesters of hvac*
    I had a spool of speaker wire in the back, and fixed it right on the spot. Even got the pizza there on time. My crappy repair got sucked into the serpentine later though lol

    I run my A/C all the time if it's over 75 degrees out, fan on full blast.
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  6. pextor

    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    my 99 sedan works now that I added a can this summer.
    my 99 wagon doesn't work, there is no freon in the system and the power connection to the compressor is broke off.
    my 01 cobra works now that I added a can this summer.
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    did u make that relocation bracket?
  8. Joey_Twowagons

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    Yep, also I made an adaptor to put the Power Steering pulley on the alternator, underdriving it by probably half or so.

    Details here:

    https://www.feoa.net/threads/stripping-accessories-and-underdriving-alternator.104249/

    An update on charging performance with the underdriven alternator: A few days ago the battery was pretty well dead from old age, and while I was idling in traffic with headlights and heater fan on, the car stalled and had insufficient power to crank the engine, or even click the solenoid. Luckily I could turn onto a side street with a bit of a downhill to push start it.

    So it appears that the alternator does not charge the battery at idle with the high drain accessories on, but I never had trouble before now because the battery made up the difference, and was recharged again as soon as the rpm came up.

    I put in another good used battery and no more trouble.
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  9. millball

    millball FEOA Donator

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    My '93 wagon got in 2004 with 80,000mi, now with near 190,000mi has excellent air, still original R-12 system with no refrigerant added in all the time I have owned it.

    My '97 sedan had AC clutch failure year before last that took out the compressor seal.
    Found a brand new Denso compressor for less than $250 and a motorcraft receiver/dryer for under $30 and an orifice tube for a couple bucks. Running cold the last two years since with no additional refrigerant added.
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    Not too much need for air conditioning here. When the cold season changes over to the cool season in July or August, we just have to doff the parkas and rain gear and switch to light sweaters and jackets.
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    The A/C in my 97 worked when I sold it 3-4 years ago. I did have to add a can of refrigerant during the last summer I owned it as the performance was not what it should have been. My brother's 98 ZX2's A/C is still working through this year I had to change out the CCRM relay. I also added half a can to it because it was starting to short cycle.
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    sell you my wagon come spring.
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    '94 Tracer sedan, and it works, too well, I think:roflmao:

    There have been times I've turned on the AC and it's been so cold I've had to open the window or turn on the heater.

    If anything, it owes to how well the car was maintained before I got it.
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    I could only vote once in the poll, but I could enter 4.5 votes for "works".

    My definition of "works" is doesn't need to have the refrigerant topped off more frequently than once per year.

    1. 1994 white wagon #2 - 202k miles and still works.

    2. 1995 white wagon #3 - 73k miles and still works.

    3. 2994 white wagon #5 - 129k miles and still works

    4. 1995 blue 5 door - 101k miles and still works

    5. 1994 red wagon - 105k miles and needs to be recharged every 3 months or so. Watch this forum for a future "how-to" on evaporator replacement. Watch this thread for a possible update from 4.5 votes to 5.0 votes.

    Living in San Diego county (even in the coastal region) really requires some help with the greenhouse environment of a car interior.
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    Its narratives like yours that make me feel grateful, for all the blessings the wife and I enjoy.
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  20. novanutcase

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    '98 Wagon. A/C still works. Had to replace lower hose. Blower fan is starting to make some noise although it varies so I have a feeling it might be leaves or something that got into the system so if I find out it needs to be addressed I'll address it. At that point I'll go through the entire system and replace whatever parts need to be replaced for the long haul.

    John

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