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Q: A/C not working properly. on 2005 Ford Freestyle

The A/C in my 2005 Freestyle cools great when the car is moving. When it's just idling it does not cool. The mechanic thinks it's clogged fan. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
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Our 2007 Freestyle has had the same issue. This is a vehicle-specific issue. There are several known issues with this family of vehicles & A/C systems. For our problem - no cold air at idle - the most common problem is a clogged SCROLL COMPRESSOR CONTROL VALVE. They can be purchased at 'techchoiceparts' for about $40. Labor/evacuation/recharging may run another $150-200, but definitely necessary. I think we may have waited a little too long, and may still have to replace the compressor. My Ford shop quoted $1300 to replace the compressor, claiming a leaking seal!

Here's the deal. The valve can be easily replaced. It is easily accessible from the outside back of the compressor itself. This valve allows the compressor to function as a variable compressor. A quick fix that may save you many hundreds, as well as a happy spouse!!!

Another common issue is a faulty blend door motor/actuator inside the vehicle. May cause hot or cold on one side or the other. Could also be due to a poor electrical connection.

For more info and fact-checking, you'll find some great info here: http://www.myfordfreestyle.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4329

Youtube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKr7o7vkdY8

The control valve can be purchased at:
http://www.techchoiceparts.com/Showitem/116597-Scroll%20Compressor%20Control%20Valve.aspx
I tried this repair (through my local mechanic) and it worked! I showed him your message and the YT video. Thank you for posting this and saving folks HUNDREDS of dollars! The part was 42 dollars and the shop charged 90 for adiagnostic (included since this was indeed the problem despite a bad compressor reading), evacuation, installation, and recharging. THANK YOU!
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