HELP

1998 Ford Contour

Tiny

masbas125

August, 8, 2011 AT 5:52 PM

My air conditioner is working but the air is only coming out through the defrost vents.

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Tiny

caradiodoc

August, 8, 2011 AT 6:56 PM

Look under the hood for a vacuum hose that's disconnected or cracked that feeds the vacuum controls for the heater / AC system.

Tiny

masbas125

August, 9, 2011 AT 5:53 PM

No havent messed with anything yet. Check engine light came on and I had it checked and code came up so I bought the camshaft sensor to make it go away. They said it was an easy fix so I want to do it myself.

Tiny

masbas125

August, 9, 2011 AT 7:14 PM

Wrong question sorry wrong I meant to ask I couldn't find a leak should I just change the hose anyway.

Tiny

caradiodoc

August, 9, 2011 AT 8:07 PM

If there's no leak, there's no point in replacing a hose. Blowing from just the vents under the windshield is a common problem with vacuum-controlled systems. The various vacuum motors are spring-loaded to go to the defrost position when there's a failure. Your feet might freeze in winter but the windshield will be clear.

Before tearing into the dash to check for vacuum, look for a small plastic hose going from the engine to the firewall. There will usually be some kind of check valve or storage canister inline with that hose. That's a good place to check for vacuum when the engine is running.

If you hear something moving in the dash when you operate the heater controls, there could be a defective actuator or a broken linkage. The clue is some functions will work and others won't. It's when nothing changes and there's no sounds that a loss of vacuum should be suspected.

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