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My 2001 taurus air conditioning starts and gets cold then in about 20 minutes the compressor a/c magnetic clutch shuts off. Sometimes it comes on for a while but then shuts off again. I checked the expansion valve pressure switch , replaced the the a/c clutch relay and checked for lose wiring at the compressor, relay/fuse panel and expansion valve pressure switch. all seem to be fine. When it goes out and I leave the car sit for awhile (3 hours or more) the cycle starts again.If I try to shut the system off and on again immediately after the clutch stops no cooling. Just had the system charged and when it does run the air is cold I don't suspect a leak. I thought it muight be the in car sensor but can't figure out what tool opens the front....Hopefully you can help me........Fred

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  • djderff May 27, 2010

    yes thanks much................. fred

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Most of the time it is just a failed compressor clutch relay but sometimes as in this case there is an updated part to correct the condition; Check in the page 163 from your Ford-Taurus-Owners-Manual the position for the A/C Clutch Relay and replace it for new aftermarket relays of the better quality. In several 2003+ Toyota cases, this action solve the problem. Try it.

Not unusual for the compressor clutch to go out. Was the AC on when this happened? You should be able to visually inspect the clutch operation. The clutch burning out will fry the bearing due to the heat generated. I have replaced the entire compressor and clutch assembly on my car. This is why I disable the AC operation in cool and cold weather. I do not want the expensive compressor operating while in defrost mode. It would cycle in cold weather - just more wear and tear on the clutch.

If it is just the clutch and not the bearing you can disable it by unplugging the power to the compressor and wait till Spring to fix it. If the bearing is shot you'll have to replace it now because the serpentine belt will come off.

Good luck.

Posted on May 27, 2010

  • djderff May 27, 2010

    Hi I did replace the ac clutch relay with a new one from Ford. It did not solve the problem.........Is it possible that the in car temp sensor ( thermistor) is causing the problem.?...........Did I miss any other component that controls the ac clutch circuit. (Besides the computer) Incidently where is the computer that controls the HVAC system. Also what tool do I need to take the faceplate off of the tempature controlsystem on the dashboard to replace the sensor. ( I bought the sensor).

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    ZJ Limited May 27, 2010

    Ford Sable, Taurus 2000-05

    Control Panel - Removal & Installation









    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.


    2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.


    3. Using the Radio Removing Tool 415-001, pull out the integrated
      control panel.











      Fig. Using the Radio Removal Tool 415-001





    4. Label and disconnect the electrical connectors. If equipped with
      Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC), disconnect the in-car
      temperature sensor hose.



    5. Remove the integrated control panel.


    6. To install, reverse the removal procedure.


    To access the Heater Core and Central Panel
    Removal and Inatallation









    Fig. Remove the instrument panel insulator from the instrument
    panel reinforcement-Taurus and Sable














    Fig. Manual air conditioning/heater equipped vehicles
    disconnection points-Taurus and Sable














    Fig. EATC equipped vehicles disconnection points-Taurus and Sable













    Fig. On floor shift vehicles, remove the console center finish
    panel-Taurus and Sable














    Fig. On floor shift vehicles, remove the finish panel from around
    the integrated control panel-Taurus and Sable




    Hope help with this.

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