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Old 07-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Question Dust Cap for 2001 Focus Low Pressure Service Port?

After recharging the AC on my 2001 Focus, its time to clean up some odds n ends. Sometime in the last nine years, someone did not stick a dust cap back on the low side pressure service port.... Since the only folks fondling my AC in the Focus were Ford mechanics, er, "technicians", I have a short list of suspects. Ford, Ford, and Ford....

Without ordering a $30 kit, can I get the cap by itself?

PS. Wheel well liner had one Phillips screw that turns, but does not come out. Someone installed a self tapping metal screw next to it for some unknown reason.

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Parts store carries them, both high and low. Counter guy has to know where they are in the a/c small parts. I always trick marked that box and the charging valve box to to save lots of unnecessary catalog searching.

The plastic phillips screws are garbage, you HOPE they screw out lightly but 80% of the time don't. Not a screw at all. The connector actually inserts outside and the phillips inside then simply pushed in and done. A glorified snap connector. When the center doesn't unscrew you put a sharp edge like knife under it and lift center while unscrewing, then it comes right out. The sheet metal screw was used to guarantee the retention there when the quick snap-ins loosen to vibrate the crap out of wheelwell, lotta noise there. I have both my wells sheet metaled too to stop all noise.

I'm firmly convinced this type fastener was invented to simply frustrate the public, making the top look like a viable screw can serve no other useful purpose except to fool you into thinking car is built better than it is. A firm jerk pops them right out. On things like the under radiator plastic air ducting and topside grille behind hood, and bumper covers, I have used expanding nuts from hardware store to positively lock parts down when the plastic fasteners let parts rattle around loose. I toss 'em every chance I get. Once removed they never hold as tight the second time.
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