Question about 2001 Ford Taurus
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.
Posted on May 27, 2010
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