Compressor Delay

Posted on August 19, 2008 by LCT Staff - Also by this author

Q: Hey Dr. limo, how are you? Please let me thank you for all the help you provide us operators with your wonderful service. To be short and sweet, I just added a 2000 Town Car to my fleet and it has a problem where the AC doesn't kick in cold when the car has been sitting for a few hours (the compressor doesn't turn either), but after a few minutes all is well and ice cold. I am thinking it needs to be charged maybe - please give me your opinion and any tips you may have to make it work right. Thank you so much again. MOSTAFA MM GLOBAL LIMO of Portland, OR Former Owner of NorthEast Limo of Atlantic City, NJ

A: There is a compressor delay that allows the engine to stabilize before the compressor kicks in. I need you to check two things: first, how long does it take before the compressor kicks in, and second, what is the idle speed of the car? If the idle speed is too low, the compressor will not kick in. I would clean the throttle body, by removing the air intake with the engine shut off and spraying the throttle plate with carburator cleaner, opening the plate with your hand. Please check these two and let me know what you find.

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