WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THE AIR COMPRESSOR WON'T COME ON?

  • Tiny
  • burnette's auto
  • 2000 Lincoln LS
  • 144,560 miles

The fan motor is running but air compressor won't operate. Have checked all fuses. Blower motor works. All wires are in working order. But can't find a reason that the compressor won't work. Everything else seems ok on the vehicle.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 AT 7:54 PM

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  • Tiny
  • merlin2021
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Low r134a charge.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 AT 7:59 PM
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You need to start with pressure gauges. If you see over 80PSI static pressure, then you have an electrical issue and you will have to track it down with a wiring diagram.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 AT 8:04 PM
  • Tiny
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Have attempted to install freon. It doesn't allow it to come up to 80 psi without the compressor cyclying.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 AT 8:09 PM
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That means you have an electrical issue that needs to be troubleshooted.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 AT 8:13 PM
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  • merlin2021
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Lincoln is VERY hard to charge to R134a spec on the decal with a charging station, take it to a garage with an a/c station, this might solve your problem. Had to do it with my own 03 TC.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 AT 4:10 PM
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  • merlin2021
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The other thing is with 145,000 miles, the compressor itself could be the issue.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 AT 4:11 PM
  • Tiny
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Refrigerant is not the reason the compressor is not coming on. It has 80 PSI static and that is plenty to energize the compressor.
Try disconnecting the battery for a minute. Some will set a code for low refrigerant and then lock out the system until the code is cleared and then it could be charged if that were the case.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 AT 5:10 PM
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  • merlin2021
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I though he said he could not get 80 psi into it. If the compressor runs but cycles due to low charge, use a charging station.

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 AT 3:37 AM
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The other point with r134a is at least on FLM cars they are almost if not impossible to charge accurately with a gauge set.

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 AT 3:40 AM
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What does the gauge read with the compressor not running?

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 AT 3:42 AM

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