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Ford air conditioning failure

I've been researching Ford 2010 air conditioner failures, and have read on many threads the problem is a "Filter drier" problem that starts with the freon getting contaminated (with filter desiccant balls that remove moisture, bursting, and clogging up the whole system) and causing extreme pressure, cutting out the limit switch, which stops the compressor. Ford does not want to recall this problem. Simple fix? NOT
#1 Check the high low pressure of the freon... (Some have suggested a release of freon from high side of the system helps temporarily)
#2 Removal of the freon, changing the filter drier, and a recharge of freon, will fix the problem (filtering most of the contaminates) in most cases providing all the fuses were checked out "OK"... Fan relays etc..

Thread from another Ford owner.......When I turned on the AC for the first time this year it made a loud grinding noise for a few seconds, then never cooled.Took it in to the dealership to check and for regular 45,000 mile maintenance.
Dealer called and gave the following description of the problem ..."in the AC dryer there is a filter bag with "little blue balls" of desiccant. It seems that it is a very common problem that these filter bags burst and flood the entire AC system with the balls (aka "debris") which causes all the parts to fail and or clog. Many of the parts can't be effectively flushed so the have to be replaced." The cost to replace the entire AC system (all valves, tubes, hoses, evaporator, compressor, condenser, accumulator, dryer, etc.) came to $2,022.65. This dryer unit that is causing all the problems is a non-serviceable unit and is in no way affected by regular maintenance, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent a failure.

The cost of this part alone at national parts stores (Advance/Autozone, etc.) is around $30.00. This very inexpensive part however causes extensive damage to very expensive parts. I would call this a "manufacturers defect". Also the replacement dryer used in the $2,022.65 repair is identical to the one that failed.

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Ford air conditioning failure


THE ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS IS TO REPLACE THE DRYER AND COMPRESSOR . STEP 1 REMOVE FREON STEP 2 REMOVE THE COMPRESSOR STEP 3 REPLACE ALL SEALS AND 0 RINGS STEP 3 FLUSH THE CONDENSER AND COILS AND ALL LINES .MAKE SURE TO BLOW AIR THRU THEM TILL DRY . THEN REPLACE DRYER AND COMPRESSOR AND ALL SEALS AND O RINGS . FREON UP TO SPECS AND YOU ARE DONE..AVERAGE TIME FOR REPAIR ABOUT 4 TO 5 HRS.

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Air Conditioning broken - fan still works


Probably a control board failure. If the modes don't work and the fan auto/on works, I'd say the circuit board has failed. Does the fan turn on when cool is selected? If not, 99% sure it's the board. If it does, it's probably a compressor component issue. Window units are considered throw aways.

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I have an 8 year old Friedrich model SS10J10AR unit. The unit keeps shutting off when in cooling mode. When I leave it in FAN only it runs. I tried to reset the circuit board by hitting "Money Saver" and Filter Alert" but it didn't fix the problem. Do I have to replace this AC?


Honestly, repairing and 8 year old AC unit (assuming parts are still available) can cost almost as much as buying a new one. If this is the first time you've had a real problem with it ... You've gotten your monies worth over the past 8 years. But, the decision is yours to make.

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Hi, I wonder if there is an air conditioner filter for ford explorer 2002?


From what I've read, everything points to the fact that there are no factory installed "cabin" or "air conditioner" filters for the Ford Explorer. That is not to say that some dealers may have installed one as an aftermarket sale, however. There are other Ford vehicles that do have these filters, and a dealer may have figured out a way to get one installed. As it stands, I have not seen any filters listed for sale at parts stores for the Ford Explorer that is described as one of these filters. Check with your local auto parts suppliers to see if they offer such an animal. Good luck!

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