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Old 09-03-2003, 03:57 PM
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Air Conditioning 1988 300TE

I bought this car recently and discovered that the previous owners mechanic hot wired the a/c compressor direct to the fuse box. the a/c now runs all the time as the switch has been bypassed. Any ideas as to why they would have done this and a possible fix for the compressor so the system works properly.

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Old 09-03-2003, 04:07 PM
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Do a search on Klima relay. Lots of diagnostic fodder under that topic.

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Old 09-03-2003, 05:19 PM
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Probably hotwired because the compressor kept cutting out. There are many root causes behind the dreaded compressor drop out syndrome. Fortunately they are usually not too difficult nor expensive to address once one actually understands how the system works. Sixto's search recommendation is a good one. I might add "compressor clutch gap" and "rpm sensor" in addition.

Strongly suggest you un-hotwire the compressor. In addition to freezing up the evaporator, if the compressor locks up it will take the serpentine belt with it. No belt, no water pump nor alternator. Doesn't seem worth taking the chance.

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Old 09-03-2003, 08:27 PM
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To say nothing of frying a compressor low on freon.....

Leading cause of compressor dropout is a bad speed signal, usually caused by a slipping belt. This in turn is usually a bad belt tensioner, the rubber part croaks. Pricey, but you will only need one for the next 200,000 miles.

Unwire it, connect correctly, and check the refrigerant pressures, then see what it does. Lots of talk about AC this summer, surely you will find something. If not, post again!

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1988 300E 200,012
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