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Old 06-16-2007, 12:24 PM   #1
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Recharging the A/C

Bear with me on this one. I know how to recharge some A/C units. I cannot find the connection on my 2002 Focus. Where is the recharge valve on these cars? I have looked on bottom and on top of the engine and I can't seem to find it.

Thanks for any help.


Never mind. I finally found it. Under the wheel well is a beautifull hiding place.

Temp is 48 degrees on full blast while riding down the highway. It will not drop down into the 30s unless I put it on notch 1 or 2. Refrigirant gage is in the blue (roughly 45) which is supposed to be charged. Outside air is about 90. Her A/C just feels warmer than most cars while running full blast. Is 48 degrees normal for full blast? I don't every remember it feeling this warm while on full blast.

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Old 06-17-2007, 02:11 PM   #2
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Is this for Zetec/Duratec/or SPI?

Having a hard time finding it as well.
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If you need to recharge it then you probably have a leak in the system somewhere, might want to get the system checked by a professional. Modern AC refrigerant doesn't "wear out" over time.
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the port is on top of the condenser which is located just ahead of the passenger tire. the tire and wheelwell liner have to be removed to acess it.
the other port is just to the side of the drivers side headlight in a hole in the radiator support. it has a black plastic cap on it.
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gotta love the convienence of that easey access!!!
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:34 PM   #6
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I want to thank the people that gave the info in this thread. We looked for quite some time for the low side connection and the Haynes manual was useless.
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gotta love the convienence of that easey access!!!
Heck, the battery is located in the same place on a PT Cruiser, and some other cars. How often do you charge AC as compared to a battery? I do agree that they could have piped it up behind the rt light reflector, but then there wouldn't be the tell-tale signs of a dryer close by.
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I think is easier to take the passenger headlight off instead of the wheel and plastic cover.

Then just look under the headlight and work from the upsidedown.
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