Fords are not just your ordinary cars. They have a name, so to speak. In all angles though, Ford vehicles are functional and performance-wise. Ford parts will never meet up to the standards of being worthy vehicles if they do not deserve such praise and the reputation itself that they have enjoyed and is still enjoying. All of the Ford parts are crafted, designed, and worked out to be the finest and the best such as the effectiveness of the Ford AC compressor.
Have you ever wondered about how the air conditioning system of the vehicle gets on with its process? Have you ever thought about what parts make the work possible? The refrigerant is a heat-absorbing fluid that absorbs much heat from the vehicle's cabin as it passes through vents.
The refrigerant when already compressed proceeds to the AC condenser for some cooling actions. After getting cooled, it is then delivered to all the parts comprising the air conditioning system and then back again to the evaporator which is found inside the cabin wherein the heat absorption takes place. This process continually goes on repeatedly.
There is the so-called mechanical pump which is rather known as the AC compressor. The AC compressor is further called as the heart of the air conditioning system. It is the AC compressor which pumps the refrigerant so that it will flow in one closed loop throughout the air conditioning system. It is not likely for the Ford AC compressor to continually perform at its best. As a machine itself, it gets very prone to damage. If the human heart can suddenly stop pumping blood throughout the human body, then the Ford AC compressor can also be in a sudden halt pumping the refrigerant for a well-deserved circulation throughout the entire system. At times like this, the need for replacement can very well be catered to by a multitude of online stores available at the net.
Ford A/C Compressors Buyer's Guide
- The A/C compressor is the hardest-working part of any air conditioning system.
- Internal and external breakdowns account for most of the problems that afflict Ford A/C compressors. Also, an A/C compressor often fails due to a different part of the air conditioning system that malfunctions.
- Most OE replacements parts can match the performance of OEM parts. Many OE parts also cost less than their OEM counterparts.
- The price tag of an OE Ford A/C compressor ranges anywhere between $125.84 and $2,063.60 on CarParts.com.
The A/C compressor is the hardest-working part of any air conditioning system. Pressurizing the refrigerant gas uses so much energy that the device usually gets its power directly from the engine through an engine accessory belt. Even Ford-built compressors that share their vehicle’s trademark toughness will get worn down by constant use.
Why does your Ford A/C compressor need replacement?
Internal and external breakdowns account for most of the problems that afflict Ford A/C compressors. External failures include leaks that release refrigerant, malfunctioning clutches, and power loss from slippage due to worn-out engine accessory belt. Meanwhile, internal failures involve a part inside the compressor
Understandably, it’s easier to fix an external failure. When an internal part breaks down, it litters the insides of the compressor with metallic shrapnel. The broken pieces can escape into the cooling system and spread the damage. Thus, a repair job for an internal failure must flush each part to remove any contaminants.
Keep in mind that an A/C compressor often fails due to a different part of the air conditioning system that malfunctions. Check the rest of the cooling system for problems and fix them before installing the new compressor. Otherwise, the replacement part will succumb to the same problem as its predecessor.
Comparing OE and OEM Ford A/C compressors
When browsing options for a replacement Ford AC compressor, you may come across the terms OE and OEM. They describe parts that function in the same way but come from different makers.
Also called Genuine parts, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are replacement components made by the original manufacturer or duly approved companies. OEM Ford A/C compressors are exclusive to Ford dealerships and its partner retailers.
Meanwhile, Original Equipment (OE) refers to components built by companies with no official connection to the original manufacturer. Examples of brands that offer OE Ford A/C compressors include 4-Seasons, Spectra, and Replacement.
Most OE replacements parts can match the performance of OEM parts. Some OE manufacturers not only design their components to fit in the same space and accept the same attachment points as the OE replacement partsparts, but also correct flaws in the original design and make other changes that improve the device’s performance.
Many OE parts also cost less than their OEM counterparts. So while they may not last as long as Genuine parts, OE parts enjoy better cost-efficiency.
How much does a Ford AC compressor cost?
The price tag of an OE Ford A/C compressor ranges anywhere between $125.84 and $2,063.60 on CarParts.com. The prices are exclusive to our store and you may find higher prices on the market. The replacement parts are available on their own or as a part of a kit. To find the AC compressor guaranteed to fit your Ford, enter your vehicle’s year, make, and model in the filter tab.
Easy-to-Follow Steps to Install a Ford A/C Compressor
Compared to other components in the automotive air conditioning system, the A/C compressor is the most used component. Most of the issues encountered with the Ford A/C compressor were either internal failures or external breakdowns. External issues such as a Freon leak or clutch malfunction can be repaired without requiring flushing metallic contamination from individual parts. Internal failures, on the other hand, are harder to repair and more dangerous as these can also damage other metal components through the cooling system.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Socket wrench
- Clean container
- AC flush solvent
- Freon and refrigerant
- Scale or metering device
- Safety glasses
Taking out the faulty compressor
Before removing the refrigerant, make sure to follow country or state regulations. Using the screwdriver and wrench, remove all mounting bolts and disconnect the manifolds and tube assemblies. Take out the defective Ford A/C compressor. Transfer all the switches, brackets, sensors, or manifolds to the new compressor unit. Depending on the model, the high pressure cut out switch may be located on the back of the compressor. This is secured by a small snap ring and sealed with an O-ring. The clutch disc and hub as well as the air conditioning pulley and clutch field coil must be checked and, if they are in good condition, must be transferred to the replacement compressor.
Flushing out all foreign materials
Using a reliable A/C flush solvent, completely and fully flush each part that is not replaced. After each part is thoroughly flushed of any contamination, make sure to air dry all components with a compressed or filtered shop air to make certain that there are no flushing solvent residues.
Installing the replacement compressor
Replace the dryer or accumulator and all the other expansion devices. These would include the screen and orifice tube or expansion valve. After mounting the new compressor on the Ford vehicle, make sure to follow proper belt alignment. It is advisable to install an in-line filter in the suction line near the compressor inlet to prevent debris from entering and damaging the new Ford A/C compressor unit.
Finishing touches and system check
Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply the appropriate type and amount of air conditioning oil. Apply the vacuum to the vehicle air conditioning system. Using the recommended Freon, recharge your Ford A/C system. Use the scale or a metering device to make sure that the correct amount of refrigerant is put in as installation of incorrect refrigerant charges can bring about poor system operation as well as untimely breakdown of the vehicle air conditioning compressor. Conduct a thorough system test.
Tips and warnings
- Compressor failures are commonly caused by another failing part in the system. Make sure to establish and replace the other issues first to prevent causing the new compressor unit to malfunction again.
- Most compressor service requires a receiver dryer and orifice tube. Because it is quite common for metals from the compressors to flow through the system and get caught in different parts, the absence of dryer and the tube will damage the new replacement compressor.