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Old 06-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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I have a 2012 GT I was driving home from work today in 96* muggy day And my AC stopped blowing cold air all at once!! I check the front AC condensing coil up front and all the fins at folded over flat from I guess road debris and water at highway speeds.. Only place there not bent is where the trim comes down to the lower part of the chin spoiler!!
Would this cause the AC from blowing cold air, it's in the shop now,, suppose to let me know tomorrow what it is!! My question is.. Should this be covered by warranty ? I think it's a poor design do to it being wide open to the front of the car and no protection!! And does anyone else have this problem??
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It's quite possible that something punctured the condenser and leaked out all the refrigerant
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I know.. That's what I'm afraid of!! If that is what happened.. Than I'll have to pay for it!!
If that is what happened!! I'm going to have to find some kind of grill that will fit so to help keep debris.out of that area !!
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I drive my Mustang about 600 miles a week on the highway (Orlando to Tampa Florida) in typical summer rainstorms. My AC Condensor fins are not folded over; there is the ocasional half inch fin that I'll have to correct by using a small screwdriver blade or kitchen fork to straighten out (use cation; you don't want to break the fin off of the cooling tubes, else they become useless in cooling the tube).

You said "my AC stopped blowing cold air all at once!!". Sounds like you maybe drove into a piece of road junk; perhaps a piece of tire got into the grill and smashed the fins of the condensor. Did you take the Mustang in for any type of service, such as an oil change? It's possible the fins got pressed in from carelessness at this type of service station.


Simply driving on the road, or in rain will not smash the condensor fins. A protective grill will help prevent this if you are worried it would happen again. They are available for our Mustangs.
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It turned out to be the AC COMPRESSOR went out!! Being fixed under warranty!! But I am still concerned about the coil fins!! I hand wash it all the time , no high pressure water has touched my car!! So I guess I'll be checking on a grill to help protect them!! Thanks for the idea about cleaning and straighten the fins!! I try that!
And the question about taking it in for oil change? Yes I did!! I took it in Saturday to the dealer to have it changed and tired rotated!! Just might have to check in to that!! Thanks!!!!
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It turned out to be the AC COMPRESSOR went out!! Being fixed under warranty!! But I am still concerned about the coil fins!! I hand wash it all the time , no high pressure water has touched my car!! So I guess I'll be checking on a grill to help protect them!! Thanks for the idea about cleaning and straighten the fins!! I try that!
And the question about taking it in for oil change? Yes I did!! I took it in Saturday to the dealer to have it changed and tired rotated!! Just might have to check in to that!! Thanks!!!!

Maybe ask the dealer if they will replace the condenser. I can only imagine how new GT500 owners feel with a quarter of their grill covered! Glad it got fixed on Ford's dollar! Post some pictures of the bent fins.
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It turned out to be the AC COMPRESSOR went out!! Being fixed under warranty!! But I am still concerned about the coil fins!! I hand wash it all the time , no high pressure water has touched my car!! So I guess I'll be checking on a grill to help protect them!! Thanks for the idea about cleaning and straighten the fins!! I try that!
And the question about taking it in for oil change? Yes I did!! I took it in Saturday to the dealer to have it changed and tired rotated!! Just might have to check in to that!! Thanks!!!!
Don't use a screwdriver on the fins. You can buy a very cheap fin comb that spaces the fins perfectly.
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The radiator combs work good, I've also used small needlenose pliars, and a small flathead screwdriver to get the fins separated where they seem to be squished together.
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My entire A/C compressor went out last year in the middle of South Carolina Summer. The clutch spun its self out and cost me about $800 to fix. Then again, my bumper to bumper had just expired too. It was a rough couple of days lol.
It did exactly as you described, though. It just stopped blowing cold air.
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