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> I have a 2003 Escape. It has a "feature" according to Ford of partially
> shutting off the air conditioning when going up a steep hill or when the
> ambient temperature is too low. It seems to me that if the ambient
> temperature is below about 75 in the shade (even if I'm in the sun), the AC
> doesn't cool.
> I'm sick of this ambient temperature aspect. (The steep grade thing really
> isn't too bad and I do understand the purpose). The Ford dealer says its a
> "feature" and that they cannot do anything.
> Anybody know of a way to adjust or bypass the ambient temperature issue?
Typically, it should only be shut off in temps below about 40-45F, or
near-full to full-throttle conditions. If it's not cooling during more
normal use, then either there is a low refrigerent problem, temperature
blend door issue, dirty cabin air filter (if it has one), plugged up
evaporator (what cools the air in the car), or condenser (in front of
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