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Old 4/21/16, 03:13 PM
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2012 AC Compressor Failure 40k

I have seen a few other threads detailing this issue but they are usually from a couple of years ago, but I was wondering, how many of you know about someone or have had your AC compressor fail and ruin your AC System? I drive a 2012 Boss 302 at 40k miles; my AC compressor destroyed itself as I drove down the road. The dealer quoted me $2,315 to repair and flush my system. My warranty has run out and no, I did not buy the extended warranty. I realize that this was a gamble, but I did not expect a repair equal to 8% of my car's value before 50k miles. I've seen other posts about this issue, and am surprised that this happens.

I called customer service and they will not help me with the repair because I bought the car second hand. Why did I do that? Because there were 11 Boss 302's sold in my state, and despite entering the dealership to buy a brand new GT in 2013, I saw that they had a 14k mile 2012 Boss 302 for sale. How could I pass that up? Well, as a result, I have no customer score with Ford, and they declined to assist me. The dealer here also refuses since I purchased it in a town I used to live in. I'm frustrated, but mainly I'm baffled that such a major thing could break at 40k.

TL;DR How many of you have had your AC compressors fail before 50k?

Links to other failures: (some links refuse to show as links but call themselves files for some reason)

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No 3. 347773-2011-mustang-gt-air-conditioning-problems.html

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No 7. 882786-2013-mustang-gt-35k-miles-ac-not-working.html

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Old 4/22/16, 07:31 PM
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The likely failure was the clutch on the compressor. That can be repaired for cheap. Take a good look at the front of it and see if the rubber damper tore itself apart.
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Originally Posted by 88lx50 View Post
The likely failure was the clutch on the compressor. That can be repaired for cheap. Take a good look at the front of it and see if the rubber damper tore itself apart.
Thanks, I'll look into that. The problem is the metal pieces that ended up strewn throughout the system as opposed to the cost of the compressor.
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Thanks, I'll look into that. The problem is the metal pieces that ended up strewn throughout the system as opposed to the cost of the compressor.
If it is just the clutch then there won't be any metal through the system. The system does not have to be opened either. The dealer will sell you a new car if you let them.
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If it is just the clutch then there won't be any metal through the system. The system does not have to be opened either. The dealer will sell you a new car if you let them.
The AC system on these cars in the last few years is utter crap 88LX. Complete system failure between 30 and 50K miles is very common. Ford is ignoring it just as fast as they can right along with the crappy water pumps on the 3.7 motor and the bevy of rear axle issues.
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The AC system on these cars in the last few years is utter crap 88LX. Complete system failure between 30 and 50K miles is very common. Ford is ignoring it just as fast as they can right along with the crappy water pumps on the 3.7 motor and the bevy of rear axle issues.
And the paint issues, and anything else they can blame on the customer. Sad, really. But don't trust a dealer when they want to sell you the world. Plenty of guys have gotten away with changing the pulley and clutch.

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And the paint issues, and anything else they can blame on the customer. Sad, really. But don't trust a dealer when they want to sell you the world. Plenty of guys have gotten away with changing the pulley and clutch.
Yeah, the very first issue mine had was hood corrosion.
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Destroyed AC clutch on 2012 Boss 302





I'm not sure if the front AC clutch plate pics can be seen but this just happened while driving down the road for the second time this spring in my 2012 Boss 302 with 26K miles (40K km) on it. I assume the AC unit is seized and needs to be replaced.
I would like to know if I can drive the car to the dealer or should it be towed?
There is a sound like failing bearings when the car is running.
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Air conditioner went out a 3rd time!

[QUOTE=Excelcius;6978280]I have seen a few other threads detailing this issue but they are usually from a couple of years ago, but I was wondering, how many of you know about someone or have had your AC compressor fail and ruin your AC System? I drive a 2012 Boss 302 at 40k miles; my AC compressor destroyed itself as I drove down the road. The dealer quoted me $2,315 to repair and flush my system. My warranty has run out and no, I did not buy the extended warranty. I realize that this was a gamble, but I did not expect a repair equal to 8% of my car's value before 50k miles. I've seen other posts about this issue, and am surprised that this happens.

I called customer service and they will not help me with the repair because I bought the car second hand. Why did I do that? Because there were 11 Boss 302's sold in my state, and despite entering the dealership to buy a brand new GT in 2013, I saw that they had a 14k mile 2012 Boss 302 for sale. How could I pass that up? Well, as a result, I have no customer score with Ford, and they declined to assist me. The dealer here also refuses since I purchased it in a town I used to live in. I'm frustrated, but mainly I'm baffled that such a major thing could break at 40k.

TL;DR How many of you have had your AC compressors fail before 50k?

Links to other failures: (some links refuse to show as links but call themselves files for some reason)

No 1.

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No 3. Attachment 178626

No 4. Attachment 178627


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No 7. Attachment 178628

No 8.

No 9. Loyal Ford owner from birth. This is #7 but the worst of all. Bought 2nd hand at 52,000 didnt do my research found out it had PCM error a 1650 fix that was declined to be fixed by previous owner n Ford did not fix it. I bought it and extended warranty. Had to fix sway bar, driver seat, actuator switch n ac none covered by extended warranty 10/2015. August 2016 during flood AC went out. Had mechanic replace condenser, compressor, dryer and blower. A year later 2017 AC went out again!! Replaced all parts again 1500.00. Replaced struts, spark plugs, do regular oil changes with Mobil 1, battery, did transmission flush, air filters regular, sway bar 2nd time, cleaned cabin filter caused 2 inches of water to spill out onto custom mats and July 2019 AC went out again. Clutch for AC messed up and it is suggested I replace all parts again another 1500.00. Just at 110,000 miles. I have bought bout 12 vehicles for myself n helped by 4 for others co-signing and I have never had any other vehicle have this many AC issues EVER under 72,000 miles much less 3 times and the paint bubbling which seems to be a Ford mustang issue for last 10 years. I am so dissappointed!! I have spent so much money remaining loyal to by American and owned 7 mustang's different years. I am finally deciding I'm done like wayyyyy done. Gonna get rid of this one and I will not be buying another one. What do the rest of you loyal Mustang folks buy that doesnt need so much "fix and repair daily" as the rest of the world has always made fun of my loyalty saying. I need suggestions want a vehicle that last I mean doesnt need major repairs to at least 72,000 miles. Cars used to be built better. I am in shock today and just cant believe my AC went out a 3rd time n I live in Louisiana!! U cant go without AC here period!!
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