'96 Taurus compressor

Tiny
BCOLE61
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  • 1996 FORD
RE: '96 Ford Taurus Wagon, 150,000 miles. I was told by a mechanic that my compressor clutch had frozen up, causing the compressor to go out and breaking the serpentine belt. As the car was high mileage, I agreed to replace the compressor with a rebuilt part as well as the belt, which would allow me to drive the car, minus AC. Now the battery is dead.A new battery will not hold a charge. The car did sit for a few weeks prior to the work being done. I am being told that something is now wrong with the electrical system. I would rather not invest a lot of money in a high mileage car. Any ideas? I would hate to trash the car as it seems to be in good condition otherwise.
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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 AT 1:29 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Even if you got the door panel off you would play hob getting the door open. Would you like my method of getting it fixed?

Borrow a recipcating saw or sawsall. Put in a new metal cutting blade and using a flashlight located the door latch bracket. This should be something shaped like a d. Look at the passenger side. Then cut the bracket off open the door and replace the bracket and the latch assembly.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
JIMMY98
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Well im willing to try anything at this point. How would I go about getting the sawsall down in the door?
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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 AT 5:52 PM
Tiny
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Use the passenger door and l look at the latch. You might run into a bit of a frustration on this one. Now, first do me the favor of thinking about contacting your Honda dealership and posing this problem to them. If they give you a big run around and don't decisively know a solution then consider this as a solution for you to try. From the outside of the car you will probably not be able to see the latch or striker. Look at the same side back door and you will see the angles needed to be used. You can try a blade off the saw and see how this pans out. Also, I would then once you have the blade shaped to catch the striker wrap a couple of layers of electrical tape around the blade to protect the paint of the door. I would then insert the blade in the door, (working from the outside) and feel the striker from the top. Hook up the saw and let it slowly cut the striker.

Good luck, I have done this before with success but it is up to you.
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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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Hey thanks alot. I'm going to call the honda dealership today to see what they say and if they give me the run around I'm going to try your method this weekend. I appricate the help you've given me. Thanks.
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Thursday, January 4th, 2007 AT 11:00 AM

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