Having problems with your 2001 Ford Focus ?
Have a 2001 Ford Focus SE. The car runs fine until I turn on the AC. After a few minutes, the engine starts to sputter as I am stepping on the gas and will not accelerate immediately when I step harder on the gas. The engine will eventually cut off. Car will not start unless I turn off the AC and let the car sit idle for about 15 to 20 minutes. Any suggestions?
First is I'm sorry to hear that. Second is I think i know what it is. The Air conditioning compressor is locking up thus killing the motor or putting a heavy drag on the motor. I would say to have a/c compressor replaced because its malfunctioning. but i have a few ideas. There is a high limit sensor located in directly after the a/c compressor this tells when to shut the compressor off if its faulty it will create to much pressure and lock up the a/c has 2 aluminum lines going to it, the bigger line has a smaller sensor mounted outside right where you can see it and get to it, its a 2 wire plug, all we want to do is check to see its connected and secure. Do not true and take it out of the line there is pressure on it.. This is all you really can do until you service it. Lastly if i were you i would disconnect the a/c compressor from coming on, you can do this by opening the hood and going right to the a/c compressor and unplugging a 2 wire plug that's located directly behind the clutch assembly or where the pulley is. just to be safe have the car off when doing this. Good luck hope this helps...p.s. If you have had your a/c serviced recently bring it back there because they could have overfilled it causing too muck pressure causing this same issue.
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for 2001 Ford Focus
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