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Old 11-19-2016, 04:23 AM   #1
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08-11 A/C Evaporator Replacement Guide

****COMING THIS SPRING 2017****

I have replaced several evaporators in the 2008-2011 Focus during this summer at work (auto technician) and it seems like it is going to be a common problem with these cars as they age and get higher mileage (70k +). Apparently one of the many Ford cost cutting measures in this generation was making the evaporator weak/thin/failure prone. It starts off as a foul smell from your vents and turns into a/c not working because you lost your charge. It can be confirmed by looking for green dye coming from the drain tube outside of the car. The good news is this isn't that hard of a job to do and you could save yourselves around $600 labor doing it at home. The only thing you would have to do is have a shop recover the leftover Freon before the repair and charge it when your done (assuming you don't have a friend with equipment or alternative "recovery" means).

The evaporator in my 2011 SES with 147k miles is leaking, so this spring I will replace it and document the replacement procedure.


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'one of the many Ford cost cutting measures'

That would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad.............

I remember when they did it to Tempos too, suddenly heater cores that lasted forever were shelling out left and right and harmonic balancers/crankshft pulleys were the same way. Rock solid part, then they turn it into short-lived junk.

Half the plastics used on Contours (polystyrene molded parts used on dash pieces that hold switches?..............COM'ON NOW, get real!) either melted into misshapen lumps or turned into dust, they crumble to the touch.

You can't make it cheap enough to suit them.

I'm sure any procedure you throw onsite about that evaporator will be well received............
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LoL that reminds me of my grand am dash. GM used this squishy material for the dash pad and glued it onto the plastic shell right where the sun hits it everyday. It peels up and curls so far that you can see under the dash pad through the windshield!

Also good news for anyone reading this, the new aftermarket evaporators that I have used look thicker and better built so hopefully after a repair you won't have to do it again.
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