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2004 taurus: a the air conditioner clutch is worn..bypass

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i have a 2004 taurus and a the air conditioner clutch is worn out, is there a way to bypass the air conditioner without replacing it. I'm hoping to avoid investing too much money into the vehicle (134K in miles)
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ford snr master replied 3 years ago.

if it is the clutch that has failed,and if the pulley is still good then depending on the scenario you have a few options. If the a/c clutch or pully arent making any noise when the a/c is off,but IS when the a/c is engaged, then you can unplug the cycling switch connecter(or the a/c compressor connecter) to prevent the compressor from turning on. If the clutch itself has failed but the pulley is ok, then ,given with the correct tools, you can remove the a/c clutch without removing the compressor, and either remove the loose parts from the clutch disc and reinstall it, or you can install a new clutch disc,which costs around $70. If the pulley itself is noisey,then unfortunately the only way to correct this is either by removing the compressor and installing a new clutch and pulley, or you can check with your local autoparts store for a serpentine belt that is for a non-a/c equiped vehicle to bypass the compressor all together

Expert:  Ford snr master replied 3 years ago.

if it is the clutch that has failed,and if the pulley is still good then depending on the scenario you have a few options. If the a/c clutch or pully arent making any noise when the a/c is off,but IS when the a/c is engaged, then you can unplug the cycling switch connecter(or the a/c compressor connecter) to prevent the compressor from turning on. If the clutch itself has failed but the pulley is ok, then ,given with the correct tools, you can remove the a/c clutch without removing the compressor, and either remove the loose parts from the clutch disc and reinstall it, or you can install a new clutch disc,which costs around $70. If the pulley itself is noisey,then unfortunately the only way to correct this is either by removing the compressor and installing a new clutch and pulley, or you can check with your local autoparts store for a serpentine belt that is for a non-a/c equiped vehicle to bypass the compressor all together

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

this info helps me to bypass the air conditioner but will that be effective because the main problem I have right now is that the car is stalling (won't idle-"check engine" light is on) because it is tripping the fuse that controls the air conditioner controls a bunch of other stuff. I was told it was related to the air conditioner and there is no after market part avail to bypass the air conditioner

Expert:  Ford snr master replied 3 years ago.

local autoparts stores should be able to match up a belt that could bypass the a/c compressor ,but if the fuse keeps blowing, i would suspect the a/c compressor to be seized, which isn't uncommon on these models, and if this is the case then i would suggest unplugging the cycling switch on the accumulator,on the passenger side underhood, this will prevent the a/c clutch from engaging and attempting to turn the compressor if it is seized, and this should prevent the vehicle from stalling. Given it is a seized compressor causing this concern

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