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Old 04-15-2009
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Icon5 Black death a/c compressor?

i heard today that there is an a/c compressor design that ford used for a long time and re-designed it to no avail that uses a six piston system that over time the rings on the pistons deteriorate and spread the "black death" or black dust all over the entire system (lines, condensor and vents) and cause them to be ruined and need replacing.

My main point in bringing this up is to ask if this compressor is on our trucks, if so what year models etc?
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That sounds horrible. My a/c has lasted the whole life of the truck (10 years and counting) and almost 100k miles and I havent had any problems with it so far.
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ok i know thtis is an old post, but im bumping it being that my a/c compressor has been acting up/ not working at all
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My '93 3.0 ac compressor got it not 3 years after the truck was bought new. My '00 4cyl went 278k miles and never touched the ac system at all.
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My 01's A/C is still blowing ice cold.
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My 01's A/C is still blowing ice cold.
Same here. Mine is still blowing so cold and after about 10mins I have to turn it down to the lowest fan setting.
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My 01's A/C is still blowing ice cold.
thats how mine used to be for the two and a half year that ive had it, then a couple of weeks ago it started to act up, trying to figure out if its the compressor or if its something else
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Mine quit working for a little while, found out it was out of refregerant...Easy fix.
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thats how mine used to be for the two and a half year that ive had it, then a couple of weeks ago it started to act up, trying to figure out if its the compressor or if its something else
More often then not it's not the compressor, more likely to be a leaky seal and you lost some refrigerant.
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not sure for leaky seal, some times itll kick on and be cold just like it used to always be, ive turned the truck on, opened the hood and seen that the compressor isnt doing anything, driving down the road i dont hear it clicking on and off anymore
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ok i know thtis is an old post, but im bumping it being that my a/c compressor has been acting up/ not working at all
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thats how mine used to be for the two and a half year that ive had it, then a couple of weeks ago it started to act up, trying to figure out if its the compressor or if its something else
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not sure for leaky seal, some times itll kick on and be cold just like it used to always be, ive turned the truck on, opened the hood and seen that the compressor isnt doing anything, driving down the road i dont hear it clicking on and off anymore
sounds to me time to recharge it mine dont that put a can of super seal in it and charged her back up and been working great for 3 years now
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well, problem isnt the freon and isnt the compressor, somethings wrong with with the wiring or switches somewhere, compressor isnt getting any power
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The freon directly controls if the Compressor turns on or not. Its a safety mechanism. No or not enough freon means Compressor doesn't wanna turn on to save itself...... Try buying a can of the Nicer Refrigerant it seals small leaks.
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yep the ac blows cold and hard in my 96
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