If it is HOT and you do not get enough airflow across the condenser,
the pressures will go up and the high pressure shut-off switch will
open. Raising the idle speed gets more air through the condenser and
drops the pressure, allowing the AC to restart???
Is there a single electric fan, 2 electric fans, one engine powered
fan, or one engine powered and one electric fan???
I waited for about 8 weeks so the dealer would have an Escape loaner.
After leaving the car with them, they could not reproduce the problem so
they called me. I asked them to do the test of stopping the car, and
having it idle. They reproduced the problem. Did all the "tests they
would know of" and decided to send a report with all the data to Ford.
I was asked to return the loaner while they got a reply from Ford.
This is the only Ford dealer in town.
This car has an engine powered fan.
Thanks for all your input.
Other than this problem, how do you like your Escape? I have been thinking
of trading my '02 XLT in for a new one, but have hesitated for many reasons,
the main one being mine is paid for, and a new one wouldn't be :-)
Do you have the Eco-Boost 4? Is the ride comfortable (I'm 6'2'' 180#)? How's
the room in the storage area? Good mileage?
Sorry I can't help you with the AC. Ask your dealer if they would be willing
to pick up the tab if you brought it to an AC shop for diagnosis.
Tell them to put the guage on the high side and let it idle on a hot
day - see where the pressure goes. Either the pressure is going too
high or the high shut-down switch is calibrated too low. Some are
adjustable, but Not likely on a 2012. MIGHT be a problem with the
viscous drive on the fan, too.
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