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Old 05-03-2007, 07:43 AM   #1
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How-to recharge AC?

I've searched around the forum but I don't see any how-to for recharging the air conditioner? Need to do it for my 69k 2001 ztec SE...


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Old 05-03-2007, 08:39 AM   #2
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Its really simple to do, you have to jack up the passengers side of the car, pull the front wheel off and the fender well back and you'll see the fitting next to the condensor. just go to AutoZone and get a couple of cans of R134a and a gauge... the gauge will have the "cool zone" marked on it.

Just make sure the engine is running with the AC on when recharging it.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
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go to the passenger side wheel well, and use a #30 torz bit to remove the screw holding the fender liner to the front bumper... its the bottom screw, you cant miss it. youll have to move your steering wheel (i forgot which way) to get clearance to get in there. youll want the car to be on, and have the a/c on full blast, with max a/c on so you get good circulation through the system. pull back the fender liner and wedge it on the tire so you can see. there will be a silver canister with a couple lines coming from it, and an oversized valvestem cap on it (its just a dust cover, try not to lose it though), take that off and hook up your fill line from your refrigerant can. if you dont have r134 flowing to it, youll see the current system pressure, once your get r134 flowing, itll drop to 0. youll want to pause the filling to see where your pressure is at, you dont want it above 45 i think. i found out the hard way, youll get a better fill if you turn the can upside down, becuase theres really not enough pressure to keep the fluids in the can flowing into the a/c system. mose r134 gauges on fill lines are color coded with a pretty general color system. green is low, blue is good, yellow id caution (almost too high) and red is too much system pressure... i try to keep mine right at the line where the blue meets the yellow, and itll usually last me a few months.

i have a leaking evaporator core that im too lazy to change and dont feel like having ford change it because they want too much money. i found i can buy a $7 can of r134 and itll last me throughout the summer. im still on my first can i bought last year, it doesnt take much to make it cold.

if you want to do it right, go to harbor freight and buy a r134 vacuum system, i think theyre like $9 or something, and probably only good for 1 or 2 vacuums, but theyre cheap. vacuum the system for a good 30-45 minutes (with the car running), then throw a can of leak stop in there, and let it run for another 10 minutes with that flowing, then top it off with regular r134. thatll seal your system for about a year or so. im saying this becuase if youre already filling your a/c, something is leaking, and there are easier and cheaper ways to get it working than to start replacing parts. normally an a/c system should be good for about 10 years before needing a recharge.

hope this help, and good luck man.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:08 AM   #4
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thanks for the input...
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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Wait I thought you needed a license to buy and dispense that stuff?
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I always replaced all the seals before drawing a vacuum to check for leaks, but I haven't worked on a Ford AC in a while, maybe the seals are no long standard O-rings.
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you need a license for R-12 which is obsolete (all cars newer than 1993 have 134a) , no license needed for 134a
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What is the shelf life of an opened can? Is there a certain way it needs to be disposed?
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you need a license for R-12 which is obsolete (all cars newer than 1993 have 134a) , no license needed for 134a
Awesome! I knew there was a newer type used but i didn't know what the date was that they switched over. I think mine needs to be recharged just a tad how many PSI is it supposed to have?
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you need a license for R-12 which is obsolete (all cars newer than 1993 have 134a) , no license needed for 134a
unfortunately...
r12 is the better stuff it blows colder, about 5-10 degrees colder than 134a. however, there is stuff out called e12, which is compatable with r12 systems, and actually blows roughly 36 degree air... good stuff, plus, its environmentally friendly, but you usually have to order it, which gets expensive becuase its never cheap mailing "hazardous material"

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What is the shelf life of an opened can? Is there a certain way it needs to be disposed?
dont know, but i assume if you keep it sealed with the filler hose, it should be good for a while... like i said earlier, i killed off the can a couple weeks ago that i opened last august, and it made my a/c cold again. i probably break the law, but i usually dont have enough to shake a stick at after 2 recharges out of a can, so i just vent the stuff to the air through an old air filter or something. im sure the air filter does nothing, but it covers up the can so nobody can see it. i cant think of a better way to do it for being a "shadetree mechanic".
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