Q: Air conditioner clutch air gap inconsistent

asked by on February 22, 2016

The air conditioner's clutch air gap is causing the compressor to engage and disengage, so it cools sometimes, and sometimes it does not. If the clutch is pushed in, then the compressor engages and starts cooling.

Heating AC Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

There are a few things that cause the compressor to cycle; the clutch is not usually one of them. They typically work, or do not work. You can backfeed a test light into the circuit to see if it is reacting the way it should. It sounds like you have a biased cycling switch, or a low charge. The only way to know for sure is to have the AC system inspected. Consider YourMechanic for the inspection and repair - our mechanics provide diagnostics at your home or office.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

When ever I give my car a little gas I hear the fan get louder

If the noise is loud and constant then the cooling fan clutch is stuck in the applied position, causing the fan to be locked to the water pump shaft. The fan clutch is suppose to change as the temperature changes...

Grinding noise from differential

It sound like your differential may be failing. There are many bearings and gears in the differential that may be damaged. A technician can use a stethoscope to pinpoint where the noise is coming from and determine if it is...

Abs light on won't come out of park

Hi there. Are the brake lights working? If not, this could be a problem with either the brake switch or a fuse. Check all fuses/relays and replace as necessary. It does sound more like a fault with the switch as...

Car won't crank. I think its the timimg belt

Hey there. I'm a little confused by your issue. If your car's engine won't crank over, it typically is related to the starter motor or ignition system. A broken timing belt will prohibit the motor from spinning over, but you'll...

Car died, wont start, no dash lights, but every thing else works(headlights,radio etc.).

Hi there. When a problem like this occurs, it's likely caused by an electrical malfunction of some sort. The wiring between the battery and starter can become loose or broken which will prevent the starter motor from functioning. The wiring...

Vehicle burning up starters

The flywheel could potentially be the cause of the burning up starters. But more likely, there is a wiring issue to the starter or a poor ground on the starter. A qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able...

Gear takes a while to change from reverse to drive

Hello. You don't specify the mileage on your Focus, but the symptoms suggest low internal hydraulic pressure in the transmission (despite the recent fluid and filter change), or a weak forward clutch pack. If you would like to have this...

My car starts then shuts right off

The first thing to check for in a case like this is air leaks. Any air that gets into the engine without going through proper channels will lean out the system and cause problems like this. Look under the hood...

KOEO test code 332

Hello there, A few different things can cause insufficient EGR flow. The most likely are: a stuck closed EGR valve a failed EGR valve solenoid faulty oxygen sensor low fuel pressure exhaust leak These can also...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Air Filter
Common signs of a clogged AC air filter include reduced airflow from AC vents, less power coming from the engine, and increased dust in the cabin.
How to Get Ford Dealership Certified
Ford car dealerships offer automotive technician jobs to mechanics who are certified through either the ASSET or the FACT program.
Top Five Selling Cars in Colorado in 2012
Colorado Colorado offers a varied climate depending on where drivers are located. Those in lower elevations see plenty of sunshine all year, while those in the mountain areas can see as much as 300 inches of snow. Due to this,...