Taurus a/c clutch


Old 09-19-02, 10:41 AM
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Taurus a/c clutch

I've got a 96 Ford Taurus 3.0 liter with 104,000 miles on it. When I run the A/C it makes a loud squealing sound. When I turn the A/C off, it stops. It seems to be either the clutch or the compressor, not sure. There seems to be a grinding/burning/smoking at the clutch plate, and it isn't engaging. I have had the A/C serviced recently, the mechanic replaced a switch that ran me about $100.00, and the evaporator coil was replaced about six to eight months ago. If it is the clutch I believe I could replace that, but if it's the compressor I know it will be big bucks. I've thought about replacing both anyway, due to the mileage, but funds are kinda' low right now. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 09-19-02, 03:32 PM
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As I recall, that compressor is not the best part Ford ever engineered.

Check oem and parts store prices and configurations; it may not be as expensive as you think and they may come with new clutch. Likely you'll want to go with a rebuilt - brand new will definitely be a little pricey. Personally I would not put a new clutch on a 6 year old compressor with 104k miles on it.

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Old 09-19-02, 04:49 PM
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I agree with TowGuy...in fact, most parts on Ford are made of gum and not worth a darn .

Not sure if Ford still uses the FX series compressor in the 1996 and up Taurus/Sable models, but that was a collosal bomb.

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