Engine Performance problem
2000 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 57000 miles
When my car is running in either park or neutral, and the air conditioner is off, everything seems ok. RPM between 750-900 according to my OBD scanner. Now when I turn on the air conditioner the rpms drop low and cycles like that a few times, then the engine will die.
Now, for the weird part. When the car in in gear, and the brakes applied, the air conditioner is no longer a problem. The rpms hold steady after a very brief and small drop. As long as I am in gear, there is no problem. The problem is opposite of what I would expect, with the air conditioner being added load on the motor. Strange, isn't it?
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 AT 7:59 PM