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My ac is not working on my 2000 mustang 3.8L. I'm getting power from the compressor and I had the clutch replaced. We jumped the low pressure switches and then replaced the fuses. The clutch will still not engage. Is there a relay somewhere other than the junction box? Maybe on the firewall?

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You were close! Most Fords have a CCRM (Continuous Control Relay Module) thats on the passenger side fenderwell. It has 4 relays: one for the AC compressor cluth, one for the fuel pump, and two for the electric fan (high- and low-speed.) The AC is the one that fails the most. You can replace the CCRM by removing the intake air filter box and working through the fenderwell openings. If it gets to difficult you must remove the wheel and splash cover to replace it from the wheel opening.

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