At witts end over my brand new truck A/C not cooling.....
My name is Jennifer and I'm new to the forum. I have been all over the internet, and this thread most closely resembles what I'm experiencing. I'm no mechanic, but I'm not your typical house-wife either, I know when something is wrong with my trucks, and get very irritated when mechanics treat me like I don't know anything and should just accept the fact that they say nothing is wrong. (my first husband was a hot rod junky, and I may not know the vocabulary, but I know my way around the shop, so to speak).
I started off the year with a 2011 F250, and recently my husband started using it for work and bought me a 2012 to replace it. I loved the A/C in the 2011, because I travel with show dogs, and its imparative to keep them frigid so they don't blow their show-coats and there was no problem there....after about 10 minutes, even in the 110* New Mexico heat, I had to turn it down or it would freeze us out... the dogs would be shivering.
I'm so angry and disappointed ...(p'ed-off to tears, really), with the new truck, because it won't even cool enough to get reasonably comfortable. I can run high way speeds for an hour and its still so warm my clothes are sticking to me. We are spending way too much money on this truck to be so uncomfortable in it! I've tried Auto set to 60*, I've tried max a/c with recirculate, tried rolling windows down when I first get in, etc, nothing seems to help. The cooled seats help the comfort a little, but not enough.
I got some meat thermometers and stuck them in the vents. My old truck (the 2011) blows at 37-38*. The new 2012 truck WAS blowing at 68*. For grins and giggles, I stuck one in my son's 2005 F150 and it is blowing at 38* as well.
So I took it to the dealership and they found a leak, fixed it and 20 minutes after I picked it up, I took it right back because it still wasn't comfortable in there. The temp was reading 62*. I had to wait a bit for the tech to come talk to me, probably another 20 minutes, and in that time, it cooled to about 58*. The tech said that my (manual) thermometer was wrong, that his (digital) thermometer was reading at 48* (in side his air condition, ventilated shop, mind you), and he said that it was within the specs, so there was nothing further he could do under warranty, and I could put a new compressor on it if I wanted to, but the time would be billed at about $900, and he didn't know the cost of the compressor....he added that there would only be a 50/50 chance that I would get a compressor that cools to the desired 38*.
The reason I'm so angry, is because if our old 2005 ford and the newer 2011 ford can both blow at 38*, it seems it shouldn't be too much to expect to get my new 2012 to blow just as cold. We haven't even had the son of a gun two weeks!!! (well, it will be two weeks tomorrow), not to mention these dange truck cost a mild fortune!
I have another appointment on Sept. 11th to have it looked at again. I've worked with enough mechanics to know that if I don't give them specific instructions on the things I want checked/done, they will say nothing is wrong and send me on my way. Could someone please give me a detailed list of everything I want him to check while its there? We don't have a ford dealership in our town, so I have to drive to the next town over, about 45 minutes to an hour, and I don't have anyone to pick me up during the day when I drop it off, so I either have to take it in the night before or I have to wait for it, and who knows when they'll actually get to it.
By reading the threads on several different boards, I've realized the first thing to probably have him check is the evaporator, maybe have him evacuate and recharge it, and also to check the blend-door, to see if its feeding heater core air into the vents. Is that a complete list, or are their other things I should have him do as well?
Also, does anyone know if there is a time period in which I can take the truck back and get another one instead? I dont' want to spend the next 6 years in a truck that can't keep me and my dogs cool in the 110+ temeratures. Its only been 2 weeks, but I drive alot of miles...its already going to roll over 1000 miles tomorrow.
I would be DEEPLY appreciative if any of you can help me with this.