Compressor won't engage

Asked by Jul 15, 2016 at 04:15 PM about the 2003 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I need to clarify something on my previous question. I had the compressor replaced on my 2003 Ford Taurus and the system was fully charged. When I turned on the A/C switch, the compressor did not come on. I found the relay that sent power to the compressor, and when I forced the contacts together, the compressor came on and I had air conditioning. I replaced the relay, but no change, and all the fuses seem to be OK. This worked for a few days, but then it was no longer blowing cold air. There may be a Freon leak, but there is still the question of why I have to force the relay to send power to the compressor.

4 Answers


If system is completely empty of refrigerant compressor will not come on. It will come on if you force the relay to make it come on but no cold air will come out because the system is empty of freon.


The reason why the compressor does not come on when the system is empty of freon is to let you know the system is empty and when the compressor is clicking on and off letting you know the system is low on freon.


So if the system is full of freon and you are still having this problem post back.

I tried to add freon and it still wont kick on

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Taurus in your area?

CarGurus has 330 nationwide Taurus listings starting at $5,555.

Postal Code:

Ford Taurus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
150 Great Deals out of 1,097 listings starting at $2,488
Used Ford Explorer
39 Great Deals out of 1,627 listings starting at $4,500
Used Ford F-150
530 Great Deals out of 9,912 listings starting at $3,490
Used Ford Mustang
1,039 listings starting at $3,900
Used Honda Accord
54 Great Deals out of 1,245 listings starting at $1,350
Used Chevrolet Malibu
69 Great Deals out of 1,828 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Camry
34 Great Deals out of 1,926 listings starting at $1,950
Used Ford Focus
53 Great Deals out of 2,427 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Maxima
16 Great Deals out of 406 listings starting at $3,795
Used Ford Escape
166 Great Deals out of 5,033 listings starting at $1,777

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Taurus For Sale
6 listings starting at $40,761
2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 112 listings starting at $25,098
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 29 listings starting at $22,595
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
27 listings starting at $11,999
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
16 listings starting at $7,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.