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Ford Freestyle climate control

merv692merv692 Posts: 4
I have the 2006 Freestyle Limited AWD. With the auto climate system the a/c light will light above the external temp. This happens when it is cold out as well. If I hit the a/c button it will go out. Why is this on if it is cold outside? What function does it serve when it is on if ac is not needed?
Thanks,
Don.
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I recommend asking your question in Ford Freestyle or where other owners are more likely to see it.

    tidester, host
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    The A/C comes on (even in heating mode), as long as the outside temperature is above 32F.

    You can, of course, elect to turn off the A/C manually after setting the auto-climate mode. You'll have to do this each time you start the car, though.
  • vicenacvicenac Posts: 229
    The manual recommends keeping the air on to prevent moisture building up in the cabin.
    The AC not only cools the air but also retains a lot of moisture and provides breathing air through the dash vents. The heat comes through the lower pipes.
    The compressor will actually disengage if the CFC temperature reaches a certain low (not sure exactly how low).
    In the beginning it bothered me too, but I noticed the air becomes more breathable (less stuffy) if I let it do it's own thing. You will notice that the dash vents put out a low quantity of cold air.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    The so called upgraded climate control (standard on the limited) is a piece of crap. To me, trying to get the unit to put out what you want is a major safety hazard as your attention is detracted from the road when trying to adjust it. This is the one thing I absolutely hate about the car. Just give me the standard temp/fan/ac controls instead of having to fiddle with inside/outside tempertures, etc to get the unit to put out what you want. If I had to do it over again, I would have waited until one was available with the same options, minus the climate control which is a $650 option. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "If I had to do it over again, I would have waited until one was available with the same options, minus the climate control which is a $650 option. Stupid, stupid, stupid."

    The $640 option is the Aux climate control, which is the one used for the rear passengers (my kids love it). Automatic dual-zone climate control on the front panel is standard on the Limited and SEL.

    If you don't like it, why not just use the manual controls? Select where you want the air to come out, what fan setting you want, and how hot you want, then let it rip! If you want it to work like a fully manual system, you can set the unit such that the driver's side temperature sets both driver and passenger temp, over-riding the dual climate controls.

    I often keep mine in vent (air out of the upper vents) with low fan... but I leave the dual controls on, as my wife likes a hotter vehicle than I do.

    You do not have to use the automatic controls. :shades:
  • mmccloskeymmccloskey Posts: 168
    Exactly as STEVEDEBI states:

    Both my 2005 Freestyle Limited and other vehicle have auto climate controls. I don't like the auto mode so I use it in the manual sense; I set the temp, fan speed and recirculate/vent as I see fit when running the AC or heat. Works fine for me and I only adjust the temp as conditions warrant. Having the REAR/auxiliary climate controls helps to cool or heat the rear area of the Freestyle much quicker than just the front vents.

    Making initial climate control settings before getting underway will certainly allow ones attention to remain on driving in a safe and prudent manner. Temp adjustments while driving can be made with very little distraction while in motion.

    Driving comfortably and safely is the only way to travel!

    Regards -

    M. J. McCloskey - 2005 AWD Limited
  • nibyaknibyak Posts: 26
    I only have an SE but it came with dual front and rear control auto climate system. I agree a bit with everyone above. I Love the split zone front controls. I have an 85-mile commute (one way) with my wife and we always used to fight over the temperature setting. We have the rear controls also but I can't comment on how that works. For the most part I leave the rear set to off. I like the auto setting much more now that I'm in air conditioner season than I did in the winter. I always like cool air blowing in my face when I'm driving, even when it's 10 degrees outside. In the winter I use the manual control with the vent/floor setting because if you use auto, it blows the air on my feet. If I set the temp to 60 it blows air right around outside temperature (often a bit too cold). If I set it for 65 it blows screaming hot air at me while it's trying to get the interior temp up to 65 (too hot). There is no setting between 60 and 65 so I usually just go with the freezing cold. Like I said, I like it cool. Now that it's warmer I tend to use the auto setting more because it blows the cool air where I want it (in my face). The car also seems to cool down relatively quickly. I park outside during the day and usually start it with the remote starter (free if you bought the Freestyle it in Jan 06) and the car is usually on its way to being comfortable by the time I have all of my stuff loaded in the back. I do think that the manual control buttons are a bit on the small side and just about down on the floor. In my old Focus and Ranger, the manual knob allows me to set the temp it just right all of the time. I just have to wait for my wife to fall asleep before I can set it cool enough.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    The only change on the climate control is that I wish I could have the outside vents open without the fan being on...just to let the outside air drift in without any fan. I wonder why they can't put a speed zero on the fan. When you turn the climate control system to OFF, all of the vents close up.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    Thanks, I do use the manual controls. My primary complaint is getting the unit to put out hot or cold air by setting the temperture. At one setting the unit puts out cold air, but adjust it one degree, it puts out hot air. That is what I was complaining about. The temperature of the output air is dependent on the degree setting and the outside temperature, etc. I would much prefer a manual setting for air output temperature, not a degree setting as this is a car, not a house.
  • saabturboidsaabturboid Posts: 178
    bobw3 wrote:

    "When you turn the climate control system to OFF, all of the vents close up."

    When I turn the ACC system off and the vents close up I get an annoying whistle when driving at highway speeds. If the ACC is on and the vents are open there is no such noise. Does anyone else have this problem?

    - Chad
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Up until a few years ago my practice was to disconnect the A/C compressor clutch connection during the winter months. That practice started with Ford back in 1968 and then Lexus from 91 to recently.

    My 2001 Rx300 has two c-best settings that when set correctly result in the A/C being disabled indefinitely by simply turning it off one time.

    Modern day automotive A/C systems can be hazardous, oftentimes resulting in sudden and complete fogging over of the windshield during cold weather operation.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "Modern day automotive A/C systems can be hazardous, oftentimes resulting in sudden and complete fogging over of the windshield during cold weather operation."

    The FS keeps the fan off until the engine warms up, if the system is in AUTO mode.
  • Hi,

    I have a ford freestyle limited 2006. I wanted the side airbags, but misunderstood that all limiteds have standard side airbags (2007 onwards)

    Is there a way to retrofit my car with side airbags ?

    I also wanted the rear seat climate control, dont have it so thinking of getting a 12v fan. Comments ??

    regards
  • Does anyone of you with a 2007 Freestyle Limited have the Satellite Radio hooked? On mine the antenna and wiring is there, but not the radio converter... The other day the dealer gave me a Fusion for a few hours as they were putting the paint protection on my vehicule. Well the basic Fusion had the Satellite radio. I was ticked off and sopke to the dealer. He is trying to get the module so I can get the advertised Sirius Satellite radio. Any one with better luck???
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    When I bought my Freestyle, the dealer told me that I could have Sirrus added for the bargain price of $400. Naturally I declined. I might have done it for half that, but I really don't "need" it.
  • stmssstmss Posts: 206
    Check again. The 06 limited has side airbags including curtain back to the third row - no?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    Nope, that is an option, if you check the Ford website. The site is rather confusing, it says "3rd row canopy airbags", but it means canopy airbags for all three rows. It is the same description for the SEL and Limited, so I think it would be the same - an option.
  • The safety & security package became standard in Sept. 06 for 07 model years. 07s built before that got a discount on the sticker for not having them. 06 it was an option on all models, although most Limiteds came with them.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "The safety & security package became standard in Sept. 06 for 07 model years. 07s built before that got a discount on the sticker for not having them. 06 it was an option on all models, although most Limiteds came with them."

    Odd that the Ford website does not agree with this statement - it is show as optional.
  • richfig23richfig23 Posts: 15
    Hey Chad: I'm getting that same annoying whistling sound from my A/C system in my 06 Limited Freestyle, although I can't get it to stop by turning the system on/off. I have the dual automatic climate control with rear controls.
    I've tried every combination I could think of to try to get the whistling to stop at highway speed (System On/Off, Recirculation On/Of, Auto On/Of, rear on/off), but it still whistles. I've been meaning to take it to the dealer (I bought it used this past October with 19k) but I haven't had the time to take a day off work. Now I'm thinking it's a cold weather related thing because now that it's warmed up a bit here in NJ, the whistling sound in not nearly as loud as a couple a weeks ago. I'm sure when I finally get around to taking it to the dealer, the whistle will go away completely :confuse: Does your whistle sound only come on when you have the A/C system off? Is this during cold climate?

    Rich
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