2004 Ford Focus

Tiny
REBIL
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  • 2004 FORD FOCUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,700 MILES
Air conditioning stopped. Local mechanic takes a look but indicated he doesn't have machine to diagnose etc. He places paperclip (jumper) after removing module in fuse box. Air works. He installs new module and air doesn't work. I go to ford dealership. I relate my experience and that first mechanic also placed a paper clip into something on the passenger side of the engine compartment. It did not work. Mechanic finds broken wire and repairs it with connector. It took 4 hours to find the wire. How many wires did he have to check? Is this a reasonable time to find and fix the problem?
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 1:31 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

There are many wires to trace out. And yes it could take 4 hours and sometimes more. It depends on were they start were the break is. Tracing a break or bad wire is not easy and can take many hours to locate.

I just had a vehicle a couple weeks ago that took me 2 days to find a broken wire and only took me 10 minutes to fix it.

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 1:43 PM
Tiny
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[quote="obxautomedic"]Hello,

There are many wires to trace out. And yes it could take 4 hours and sometimes more. It depends on were they start were the break is. Tracing a break or bad wire is not easy and can take many hours to locate.

I just had a vehicle a couple weeks ago that took me 2 days to find a broken wire and only took me 10 minutes to fix it.

It cost me $368.39 for this. What did you charge for two days? Rebil
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 AT 2:48 PM
Tiny
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Well, since I am a Mobile Mechanic and I have no real overhead. And I concider it more of a Hobby than a Job since I have 2 other jobs. I only charged my customer $150.

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Saturday, May 29th, 2010 AT 4:28 PM
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