How hard is it to change the ac compressor? It locked up on 2003 Ford Escape

Ac compressor started making noice then would quit , now it's locked Up tight smoking the s belt. How do you replace it, anything special I should know ?

by in Potwin, KS on May 16, 2014
1 answer 11 comments
ANSWER by on May 16, 2014
Is it smoking with the compressor off, it could be the pulley bearing and not the compressor.
COMMENT by on May 16, 2014
Don't know for sure, she did tell me 2 days before That the ac quit working leading me to think Compressor died, what/ which/ where pulley bearing you think?
COMMENT by on May 16, 2014
Just trying to see if the belt smokes with the ac off then the pulley bearing would be the problem and if the compressor is locked then the whe thing needs replaced. Flushing the condenser would also have to be done.
COMMENT by on May 16, 2014
Ok thanks, I'll check it out, never flushed a condenser How do you do it, special equiptment?. Thought If changing compressor then have it serviced.
COMMENT by on May 16, 2014
A lot more to it if you want a warranty.
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Ok it was the compressor clutch went bad Changed clutch but still won't kick in, added freon Found one 15 fuze blown, tested input to the Clutch no voltage, checked relays, fuzes, inside An outside boxes, what to do next? What did I forget?
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Did you change the magnet for the clutch as well.
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Bought the whole clutch, from o relley, had a front plate Bolts on, mag ring held on by c clip,with plug on back Put meter on plug to clutch showed no volts
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Will the hub turn the compressor, will to spin by hand. The hub not the pulley.
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Yes, I can turn it
COMMENT by on May 18, 2014
Check fuse #9 3amp in central junction box, below left end of dash. Then fuse #17 15amp in engine junction box. Check the pressure switches. The computer engages the relay if the pressure switches are in proper order, with the temp sensor signal. Relay may be burned.
COMMENT by on May 19, 2014
I checked the relays, replaced one fuze, how Do you check the other presure sensors? Could it be the dash switch gone bad? Something is not letting power get to the clutch To engage?