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Air condition have 98 ford escort with 90,000 miles. the air has started to run hot.went to aouto service and was informed it would cost a total of $459,which included a constant control relay module for $300.plus labor. do i have other alternatives. also they stated car needs transmission fluid and shocks and struts. thanks for any advise. jack stanton

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There are several reasons why it may run hot. let's start with some basic info. first on 134a systems the basic temp will be around 50 degrees F. now your a;/c clutch has to ingage to pump the system, it the clutch is not ingaged on the pump you will not cool at all. next if you have a depleted charge the clutch will not ingage as well. now there is first step in checking to see whether it's an electronic problem when it comes to the a/c clutch. there is a relay in the juntion box under the hood. open the juntion box have the engine running and the a/c on max. if the clutch is not running find the a/c clutch relay and switch it with the fan control relay if the a/c clutch ingages this means that the relay was bad and your system is charged properly. if the a/clutch doesn't ingage it could be due to under charge and you might have a leak in the system, or you could have a blockage and this would trigger the high pressure cutout switch. the low side pressure should be 35 to 50 psi and on the high side it should be 130-150 psi for 134a system. now as far as struts and shocks if you don't have a problem with bad tire wear or problems steering because of an allignment issue and your not having a bummpy ride i doubt your shocks / struts are bad. the shocks/struts keep the wheels on the ground. the coil springs keep the body off the axles/frame. transmission fluid can be checked by the dip stick and should be checked with the vehicle warm and running. the fluid should be changed every 50,000 miles as well as the transmission filter. feel free to ask me any question on this topic or others anytime by just clicking on my user tab....please rate this.....thanks

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Yes you can go to a parts store and buy2 cans of freon i belive they are called 134A and a adapter and recharge your air yourself for a total of about 40 bucks..

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