In Reply to: Re: Refresh my memory ! posted by Tim Daley(MI) on April 26, 2019 at 07:26:02:
Not sure where condensers were made in 1973 but I had a bad one in a brand new Ford Maverick, one week old.
I drove the Maverick to work and then it would not start at the end of the day. The dealer came to the Ford plant, picked up the car and checked it over. They said it was "bad gas". Car ran fine for 4 days. My wife could not start it and I had to call a local Ford dealer. I told them this was the second time in two weeks. I told them that what ever they do, do not tamper with the timing. They towed it and then had the balls to tell me it was timing. When I went to go home it would not start. I told them it was a condenser or a coil.
After trying the coil they installed a condenser. Walla! Oh, BTW, I ain't paying $50 for your failed repairs and tampering with the timing. I walked out with 1/2 back.
Then, I went back to my private mechanic who had been doing our tune-ups for years and had him reset the timing. 18 to 19 mpg with factory setting, 23 to 24 mpg with his.
All for a condenser.