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08-07-02, 05:25 AM   #1  
Air Conditioning Problem

Last night I had a blow-out on the freeway in my wife's '92 Escort. (The tire situation is a story unto itself.) After unloading everything to get to the spare, We had never used the spare nor the jack on this car before, and I was unable to locate the lug wrench. I called for roadside assistance and while the family waited for about 20 minutes I continued to run the engine for the air conditioning. After the tire was changed and I continued down the interstate, I realized that the AC was no longer blowing cold air as if the compressor was off. We went to our destination, and after about 30 minutes in a store I returned to the car and the AC worked fine. Does anyone have an idea as to what my problem may have been to cause temporary non-functioning of the AC?

By the way, When the Hiway Patrol serviceman removed the bolt which held down my spare, the lug wrench was clamped under the tire. It must have been there since the car was manufactured, as the spare had never been removed, and to do so required a lug wrench!!

 
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08-07-02, 05:35 AM   #2  
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Was the car running hot? On some cars the A/C will cut out when the car is overheating/running hot.

As for the tire change, what does the owner's manual have to say about it?

 
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08-07-02, 05:44 AM   #3  
No, I observed the temp. gauge and it remained in the normal range. I had just had the pressure cut-off switch replaced and the system recharged about two weeks ago, and I was fearing that there had been a catastrophic loss of freon, but obviously that was not the case.

I didn't check the owners' manuel. Regardless of what it may have said, if the tool to remove the bolt which holds the donut down was also clamped under the spare, I don't think the manuel would have been much help.

 
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08-07-02, 05:50 AM   #4  
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The wrench may have been put in the wrong spot . Generally the tools needed to change the tire are accessible. Always a good idea to read the owner's manual .

On my uncle's company Windstar, we had to use the wrench to crank the tire down to the ground. Another Ford "exclusive" Lol.

 
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