I have a 2003 Ford Explorer (Limited). It has the automatic dual climate control air conditioning. The air conditioning is intermittently blowing cold air. Specifically, when I am driving above a speed of approximatley 60 mph, the air conditioner blows cool air. Even at that point, however, it seems to be a temperature discrepancy between what is coming out on the passenger side vs drivers (even when the climate control is set on the same temp). If I slow down or idle at a red light, the unit blows with the same force, but start to blow ambient temperature air. If I speed back up over 60 mph, the air conditioner will eventually start blowing cool air again. I have noticed, that when I am driving at slower speeds, it seems as though the engine is slightly mis-firing which seems to coincide with the air conditioner not working appropriately. My parents own a Lincoln LS which is doing the exact same thing. I've done a search, and there seem to be a lot of people who are experiencing the same thing with their Lincoln/Ford products that have automatic air conditioning. I have spent over $1000 trying to fix the problem only for the unit to work for about 4-6 weeks, then start doing the same thing.
If you are having this problem, please notify FORD directly. I believe that there is an inherant problem with the automatic air conditioner in these vehicles and a recall may be in order. However, if FORD is not notified, a recall will never be done.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 8:59 AM