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It depends on what is wrong with the clutch. Is it slipping, juddering or making gear selection difficult?
Not all Ford Escorts have self-adjusting clutches; some are manually adjusted and need attention from time-to-time and proper engagement can be prevented if the pedal has risen too high.
Even the automatic adjuster can cause problems sometimes as can the clutch cable.
Before starting the big job of dismantling the suspension and removing the gearbox it is as well to check what can be checked and be sure lots of work is really needed.
is your blower motor running what amp fuse are you using check for a wire shorted at the compressor by the clutch this is the part mounted on the compressor that engages it the compressor could be bad causing the clutch to overload creating a short unplug the connection to the clutch and see if the fuse still blows this would confirm if its a wire or the compressor
Find the AC compressor. The pulley on it has an electric clutch that allows the compressor to run when the AC is on and not when it is off. With the engine running you should be able to see if the clutch is turning or not. The pulley turns all the time the engine is running only the clutch behind the pulley starts and stops. Look at the pulley with the AC off. Have someone turn it on and see if the clutch engages to turn the compressor. If it doesn't engage there are a couple thing that could be wrong. First the clutch has burned out and no longer works. The fuse on the AC clutch is blown. Check the fuse. More likely, if the cold air has been getting warmer, the AC system has a refrigerant leak. The system has a low pressure switch that prevents the clutch from engaging when the refrigerant pressure is too low. If the fuse is good then you need to have a qualified AC Technician check the system. Thanks for using FixYa. Gaker
Can be a few things.First is the system charged?If so,try powering up compressor with a jumper to verify that it works and clutch engages.Then try using a jumper on the binary switch plug, if system runs replace binary switch.Remember the system has to have enough pressure to run correctly.Hope this helps.
I assume you mean the car burns more gas when you turn on the heat. The climate control panel also controls the air conditioning system. When the air conditioner is turned on it activates the belt driven compressor thru electrical relays and clutch system. The clutch is located on the compressor pulley, its the secondary outer most ring. The cars engine has to work harder because of the extra load on the engine when this clutch engages. This causes the car to have a higher demand for fuel. The malfunctioning control panel could be activating the airconditioning system unknowingly to yourself. Replace the control panel first, if that doesn't solve the problem check the compressor clutch to see if its engaging with the aircondition system turned to off. If thats the case, check for a stuck system relay.
you need to confirm if the compressor is getting engaged when u press both the ac button and the fan is on. if it is not engaging the refrigerant has leaked and the pressure switch is not sensing the required pressures to engage the compressor
I am the original owner of a 1998 Ford Escort SE wagon. The summer of 2008 I had problems with my A/C system - the first A/C problem on this vehicle. Be careful that you do not over-charge your R134-A system.
1. Check that the A/C Compressor Clutch engages and drives the compressor properly (via the
serpentine drive belt and proper engine idling speed, A/C switched "on" etc.). If the A/C
compressor clutch doesn't engage and drive the compressor you will not be able to charge the
system to the correct refrigerant capacity and operating pressures.
2. You should be familiar with and have the proper tools to test & troubleshoot your auto's A/C
system. Test gauge(s), hose & connector's will be needed.
If the A/C compressor clutch does not engage the compressor, then you will need to troubleshoot the electrical system and components related to your auto's A/C system. This can be time consuming and requires more skill and information (accurate electrical schematics, etc.).
1. A/C clutch didn't energize and engage.
2. System slightly low on R134-A, about a 7 oz. charge was needed after all was taken care of.
1. Electrical problem in the electronic controls for the A/C system. The "Contant Contol Relay
Module" (Ford part no. 3S4Z-12B577-BA, RELAY) had to be replaced. Sometimes Ford calls
this "black box" unit an "Integrated Control Relay Module". The location of this "black box" on my vehicle is under the engine intake air filter housing - replacement cost (new) is about $230;
(used) about $35.
2. Charged the required amount of R134-A into the system via the proper test gauge and related
Please note: I have experience and training in mechanical (including refrigeration systems) and electrical systems.