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Ford Explorer Air Conditioner and Heater Problems

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  • I found mine with help from the clicking sound it was making. After the glove box door is dropped down, the lever is to the left back in maybe 6 inches, It's close to the dash and is pretty hard to find. I had to push down on it once I found it. Don't turn the temp control at all after you push the lever down, or you will lose the heat again. Make sure the temp control is completely on hot before you try to find the lever. Good luck.
  • wayne6197wayne6197 Posts: 4
    I have a 2002 Ford Explorer that the A/C blows only out of the defroster vent. Every now and then it will blow out of the floor and dash vents but this is not often. I took it to the dealership and they said they thought it was an "arm" on the heater core that was bad and it would cost $1000 to fix it. Sounds fishy to me. Does anyone have any other possibilities of what this might be? I usually like to fix stuff myself if I can, but this one has me stumped. Plus, getting into the dash appears to be a major undertaking. TIA for your help. Wayne
  • Not sure if this will help, but drop the glove box door all the way down by releasing the side arms by pulling inward. As you look staight up and to the left you should see a round diaphram. Try to move the arm to shift the flow direction. It may also have a vacuum hose on it to remove for testing. Engine will have to be running , parking brake on, and A/C operating. Hope this will help.
  • wfd1105wfd1105 Posts: 1
    my a/c works pretty good but it switches from vents to the defrost when we are driving down the road . what could be the problem ?????
  • radracer1radracer1 Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    we have the same thing going on here.2005 ford explorer. I have found that under acceleration it switches to defrost then when I back of the throttle it will switch back and blow out vents again....I know these are vacuum controled flapper doors but not sure if its a vacuum issue or a controler issue....anyone else have suggestions for us?
  • lanenlanen Posts: 1
    I have a 97 ford explorer a/c only works on max, checked blend door it is ok.Last time this happened i had a mechanic change the a/c switchs (2) of them does anyone know where the one on the drivers side is located
  • jpod3jpod3 Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 ford explorer sport, mileage 91,000 - when I turn the air conditioning on, a loud clicking sound comes from the compressor. It blows cold air - just wondering if there was anything I could do to quieten this noise (other than not using the air).
  • macnllmacnll Posts: 1
    2005 EB A/C compressor does not kick on until I disconnect and reconnect a the Four Seasons A/C relay switch on the back of the compressor. Sure would like to replace the $32.00 switch rather than pay six bills for a new compressor. Other than the intermittent operation the A/C works fine. Anybody ever replace this switch on an Explorer?
  • HELLO...MY 02 EXPLORER IS HAVING THE SAME ISSUE...DID YOU EVER FIND THE CORRECT PROBLEM TO GET IT FIXED?
  • jpod3jpod3 Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 ford explorer sport, mileage 91,000 - when I turn the air conditioning on, a loud clicking sound comes from the compressor. It blows cold air - just wondering if there was anything I could do to quieten this noise (other than not using the air). Is this a warning of trouble to come or does it need refrigerant?
  • The clicking sound you hear is the A/C compressor clutch engaging. It clicks when it disengages also.. As long as it produces cold air and the noise isn't excessive, you should be okay. Worst case scenerio is the clutch freezing up and then it burns the fan belt off. Would't hurt sometime for an A/C specialist to just listen to it while parked outside. It engages and disengages more when you are not on the MAX AIR setting.
  • wayne6197wayne6197 Posts: 4
    Hey Clusterbuster,

    I was finally able to get home and check on your advice. Worked PERFECTLY!! Thanks so much. It literally took me less than a minute, from opening the door to turning the lever and now the a/c comes out of the dash rather than the defroster. Wow! And to think the dealer wanted $1000 to fix this. All that is wrong is that there is a plastic arm that is broken that connects the lever that changes the gate to the arm that sticks out of the vacuum canister. Hopefully I can find one online. I hate to go to the dealer and deal with those guys again. If you know of anywhere to get that part I'd appreicate it.

    Again thanks for your help. You da man!!! God Bless!!

    Wayne
  • wayne6197wayne6197 Posts: 4
    Hey Carly,

    Yeah I found out what my problem was. Go to post #293 and to Clusterbuster's reply to my original post. All it is is a plastic lever that connects the flapper arm to the vaccum canister, the plastic lever was broken. Lower your glovebox, look way to the left and up a little and you'll see it. Fairly easy to get to. Now I have to find out where to get that part. The dealer will be last, especially after they quoted me $1000 to fix it.

    Hope that helps and good luck!!

    Wayne
  • The vent on my 2004 Ford Explorer began knocking when we turned on the fan for the heater - only cold air would come out, but it was working fine with the A/C. Now it seems to not blow out air thru the vent for either - but feel air coming thru the glovebox.

    Any ideas and can I fix it myself?
  • What do you want to work, the heater or A/C ? Is the air coming out of the defroster vents at the bottom of the the windshield as well ?
  • cleavon2cleavon2 Posts: 3
    HELLO, I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR MESSAGES. I HAVE A 98 EXPLORER ALSO WITH THE SAME ISSUE. I CANNOT FIGURE THE THING OUT. I HAVE TAKEN IT TO 3 MECHANICS AND NO ONE CAN HELP. THIS IS SO CRAZY.
  • I have a 2002 Ford Explorer and the heater and air conditioner dont work if you turn either on there is a clicking that starts only cold air comes out for heat and the air comes out warm not hot but not real cold either anyone have any suggestions?
  • ronkeyronkey Posts: 11
    If the actuator motor is not bad,then the door inside the blower box is broken,the outside air ,when moving,also is moving the door,therefore changing the temp.I have found this on many explorers.
  • ronkeyronkey Posts: 11
    If the actuator motor is not bad,then the door inside the blower box is broken,the outside air ,when moving,also is moving the door,therefore changing the temp.I have found this on many explorers.
  • My 1998 Explorer air conditioner only works on High. If i put it on low, it only blows warm air. How can I fix this?
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