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With a standard base price of $9,680 and up to 38 mpg highway, the 1995 Ford Escort offered class-leading value and fuel efficiency. While automotive air conditioning repairs have the potential to be very expensive, replacing a defective A/C relay won’t require a trip to the shop. Your Escort’s A/C system uses two relays; one that engages the compressor clutch and another that cuts A/C operation when you “hit the pedal to the metal.” Both relays are easily accessed, and only require simple hand tools in order to replace.
Items you will need
- Flat-head screwdriver
Open the Escort’s hood and locate the two square-shaped relays, mounted on the passenger-side area of the firewall, above the strut tower; the leftmost relay energizes the A/C compressor clutch, while the second relay disengages the A/C system under wide-open-throttle conditions.
Slightly bend the bottom of the relay forward to gain access to the mounting clip, and better access to the electrical connector. Disconnect the electrical connector from the relay. Insert the tip of the flat-head screwdriver between the bottom of the clip and the relay; push down on the relay to disengage it from the clip.
Connect the wiring connector to the replacement relay, then secure the relay to the mounting clip. Push the bottom end of the relay to restore the position of the mounting clip.