This may be a stupid question, but did you give the engine a chance to warm up before you turned on the A/C? I have a SEL with the electronic climate control, and have noticed that it doesn't fully crank the A/C until the car is fully warmed up, even if it starts blowing cold air sooner than that. I am wondering if your SE may be doing something similar.Just got my Se ford focus on sat and last night while driving it seemed that the compressor in the ac kicked off, and was only blowing air from outside, when I turned it up to 3/4 it really kicked with the cooler air.
Hi kstonesak,Just got my Se ford focus on sat and last night while driving it seemed that the compressor in the ac kicked off, and was only blowing air from outside, when I turned it up to 3/4 it really kicked with the cooler air.
cstrong,I'm having the same problem that kstonesak is having. The first time I took it to dealership, they refreshed the freon, which didn't help anything. The compressor kept kicking off on fan setting of 1 or 2 after 15 minutes of driving or so. Kicked back on after a few minutes or after I changed the fan setting to 3 or 4. Max A/C always turned on. Took it to another Ford dealership a week later and they replaced the temp sensor, which also didn't help. Took it to another Ford dealership and they replaced the expansion valve to the compressor, which initially seemed to have fixed the problem, but I've noticed on these especially hot days recently that the air isn't getting "cold", just slightly cool and never really cooling the car completely, even after an hour and 1/2 of driving with the fan on level 3. And I can always tell when the compressor cuts off because it gets slightly warmer and I can smell the fresh air coming through the vent. I'm completely at a loss and frankly all these fruitless trips to the dealerships, which also involved three weeks worth of loaner cars, have worn me down. Anyone have a successful fix after experiencing this problem?
Hi daninmass,I have had my focus for about two weeks. I have also had an aftermarket remote starter (CompuStar) installed like another poster. My issue seems to be similar or identical to what others have described. Just spoke to the dealer on it, but wanted to see what other owners were saying before bringing it into the dealer only to let them perform guesswork on my new car.
To be clear, my A/C goes tepid and pulls in outside air I believe whether on recirculate or not. Runs pretty cold up until that point. Guessing maybe three minutes or so after going "warm" it will start working properly again. This is after driving for some time, so well past "warmup". Has happened to me at least a half-doxzen times in probably 8 half-days of driving.
I have not noticed what the fan speed was, but i usually have on 2nd lowest speed most of the time. always have it at the coldest setting just before the full setting (that turns on recirculate).
Any TSBs out there on this issue yet?