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Old 08-04-2010, 16:26   #21 (permalink)
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I just got my new F-150 about 4 months ago. Where I live it gets hot during the summer, we are between 102 and 110 all this week. The air conditioner in this truck sucks. It takes forever to cool down and then it never cools down the cab area completely. In every other car I have had I am usually turning the a/c down after a few minutes because it gets so cold no matter how hot it is outside. Driving this truck I have it on full blast all the time and it just barely makes the cab area confortable. I do not want to have to run this thing at max a/c all the time with the fans on high to just stay somewhat comfortable. We took it to the dealer this morning to have it checked out and they, of course, said that it was perfect and we have no problems with it. I am reading about this being a problem on other forums and nobody there has been able to get any decent fixes for it. We have one of these trucks here at work, same year and everything, and that a/c gets ice cold. Does anyone here have any ideas on what to do or even have this problem? It really set me off today when the dealer was worthless and didn't care.


I had same problem with my '06 F150 crew cab. Denver dealer finally checked the EVAC system and the orifice tube for restrictions. Found restriction in orifice tube, replaced it. I now have ice cold air. My truck cools real nice in this hot weather. Might be the problem with yours..
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Old 08-26-2010, 19:47   #22 (permalink)
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I had same problem with my '06 F150 crew cab. Denver dealer finally checked the EVAC system and the orifice tube for restrictions. Found restriction in orifice tube, replaced it. I now have ice cold air. My truck cools real nice in this hot weather. Might be the problem with yours..
Found this old thread on google.
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I suggest to all that they have a VOV, variable orifice valve, installed when replacing. This price is $25 instead of $5 but makes the AC blow 5-20* colder at idle and low speeds without affecting the highway cooling.
If you are out of warranty and still having cooling problems I suggest looking into R406a legal refrigerant, or ES12a which is legal in only 32 states. Either is much colder than R134.
Nartron Corporation - Smart VOV
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We took it to the dealer and they gave us this big story about Ford's rule being that if the air it blows is 30 degrees colder than the outside air the system is fine. It was 103 outside and the thing was blowing at 60 from the vents. If that theory holds up I will go back when it is only 80 outside and see what they say then. I got the meat thermometer and we kept it in there for a very long time and the lowest it ever got was 60 degrees from the vent. It was set to Max to get that temp and it was still sitting at 89 degrees in the cab without the vent blowing right on you. I have filed a complaint directly to Ford now and they want me to call them on Monday for an actual talk. I also informed them in my e-mail about how my wife suffers from leg cramping in extreme heat and could barely drive the truck home from the dealer because it never got cool in the cab and she started having major cramping.
I wait until I have my vehicle in gear and moving before I turn on AC. I also turn the fan control on low(2 bars) for about 30 seconds then begin to raise fan level. I also wait until it's cooling and then turn on recycle control. It seems like it doesn't work if you shut off vehicle with AC running and restart vehicle after sitting no more than a few minutes. Other wise the AC and fan run on hi and take forever to cool.
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