'99 Escort ZX2, 5 speed, manual transmission
Issue 1.) A/C wasn't blowing very cold anymore. Took it to dealer. Told
A/C condenser was leaking. Replaced condenser, and A/C blowing nice and
cold again. However, when A/C is engaged and car is in gear and in
motion, A/C compressor is cycling once every 13 seconds or so; I can
hear it if window is down (sounds like a combination of a click and a
puff of air), and it is accompanied by a split-second loss of
accelleration, which feels like a minor lurch.
Question 1: Should the compressor be cycling this frequently?
Question 2: Should I be hearing a combined click and puff of air, or
just a click? Wondering if the puff-of-air sound when the compressor
engages is indicative of a second leak somewhere.
Question 3: Is the accompanying loss of power/slight lurch normal?
Issue 2.) Over the past year or so, the ventilation system developed an
extremely potent, musty, mildewy smell. I researched the problem
online, and found multiple sources suggesting that one spray Lysol into
the air-intake ducts at the base of the windshield. So this I did.
Weeks later, the smell of Lysol continued to linger, and seemed to be
mixed with a less-potent, still-musty, still-mildewy smell. When I got
the A/C serviced and condensor replaced by the dealership, I also had
them perform a service called "Deodorize A/C System." However, I'm
still getting the stale-Lysol smell when I turn the air on. I believed
that the de-*odor*
-izing service would eliminate all of the odor. Is
that too high an expectation?
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