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Air conditioning not blowing cold air

I took it to a mechanic and he told me the climate control head is bad and needs to be replaced. He can do this for a small fee of 1000 dollars, i only paid 3000 for the whole vehicle. i am wondering does anyone know how to repair the broken one or have a place where i can purchase a new one from and directions for installing the new one and unintsalling the old one. I have 3 kids 4-3- and 2 months old and we live in florida. i do not have the money to fix this but i defenintly need air for the kids before it starts getting super hot again please help thank you

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  • eclipsetinti Feb 12, 2009

    i took it to 2 different mechanics and the first one told me the climate control head needed to be replaced but did not go in to detail about the problem,. i took it to another mechanic and he told me the hose was leaking and that the climate head control was bad. He wants 160 for the new hose and he has not came back yet with a price for the climate control head i have have found them online shipped for 60 dollars. He told me to take it apart and replace the hose is 3 hours or so work but he would only charge me for one hour. Right now his price is 299 before pricing me on the climate control head. Do you think if i can find the hose i would be able to do these 2 replacements by myself. I am a car audio guy i dont know anything about the mechanical end but i can figure most stuff out pretty is and what i lack in knowledge maybe i can make up for in enthusiasm. Any help you can offer would be great

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U give so little info, as a ford tech I can tell u that I only replaced maybe 2 of these in 10 years time, and I did at least 50% of all AC work, so I am very skeptical of the diagnosis that it is defective, this was Ford or Lincoln. dealer? did he check to see if the system is fully charged with refrigerant?


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Do check the refrigerant level. It can be user checked, and added. Find a refill kit at your local parts vendor which includes a meter. It may cost a few more bucks, but they are reusable. Follow the basic instructions - car on, cooler on high, etc.

If your system has been low, the compressor clutch will engage when the refrigerant level rises enough for it to engage. You may need to do this every other year or so.

If you do have a leak in the line, then the cool air will 'go missing' again real soon.

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Not a fix but I took my 96 Continental to the largest Ford dealer in my area and they said that my problem was a climate control head. The system was fully flushed and recharged without any leaks. The part is $966 and $265 to install it. Gave me a part # of f70z19980ba. I hope I can find one used for less than $200. Good luck!!!

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