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2001 F150 compressor (and?) replacement

rsylvstr on Sun September 02, 2007 10:54 PM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 2001
Make: ford
Model: F150
Engine Size: 5.4L
Refrigerant Type: 134a
Ambient Temp: 85

the dealer said my compressor is leaking.
1) is there maybe just an o-ring leaking? they want $650+ tax to do the whole job. by the time i buy a DIY kit with gauges and pump, it might be worth it
2) other than the accumulator and orifice (which color, red or blue??) do i need to replace anything?

rumor has it, with just a compressor failure, i don't "need" to flush....

i guess I'm just rambling, and wondering if this is comething i should leave to the dealer...the independents are just as expensive.

The Power of Dreams on Thu September 06, 2007 11:40 PM User is offline

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Originally posted by: rsylvstr
the dealer said my compressor is leaking.
From where exactly? Shaft seal? O-rings on the compressor manifold/ line block?

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Originally posted by: rsylvstr
1) is there maybe just an o-ring leaking? they want $650+ tax to do the whole job. by the time i buy a DIY kit with gauges and pump, it might be worth it
My suggestion is to find out exactly where it is leaking. You could easily fix this yourself, saving nearly $700 in your hard-earned cash. Inject UV dye into the low side of your AC system and run the AC for a few days. Then, with a UV light, you will be able to see where it is leaking from and act accordingly.

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Originally posted by: rsylvstr
2) other than the accumulator and orifice (which color, red or blue??) do i need to replace anything?
Jumping the gun, my friend. Find out where the leak is first. If it's a minor leak, neither requires replacement. In any case, I'll find out the color of the OEM orifice tube tomorrow and get back to you.

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Originally posted by: rsylvstr
rumor has it, with just a compressor failure, i don't "need" to flush....
Hmmm...rumors...

Any reason you are suspecting a compressor failure?

-Mike


Edited: Thu September 06, 2007 at 11:41 PM by The Power of Dreams

rsylvstr on Fri September 07, 2007 6:17 AM User is offlineView users profile

Thank you for your time....
I took it to a local mechanic (busy with my upcoming wedding, Navy Reserves, job, etc etc) who dyed it again and found that the compressor o-ring(s) was/were leaking. He replaced them, recharged and checked the system and now it appears to be good to go....he saved me at least $550.

i've had the truck for five years and can always remember being able to hear the compressor kick on, it was fairly loud, even over the 5.4L with dual exhausts....now, you can't even tell it's working, other than the ice cold air that comes out! the idle bairly changes, maybe 150-200 RPM's, which seems weird to me, but it's COLD!

thanks again.
Rob

The Power of Dreams on Fri September 07, 2007 8:37 AM User is offline

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Originally posted by: rsylvstr
Thank you for your time....

I took it to a local mechanic (busy with my upcoming wedding, Navy Reserves, job, etc etc) who dyed it again and found that the compressor o-ring(s) was/were leaking. He replaced them, recharged and checked the system and now it appears to be good to go....he saved me at least $550.

i've had the truck for five years and can always remember being able to hear the compressor kick on, it was fairly loud, even over the 5.4L with dual exhausts....now, you can't even tell it's working, other than the ice cold air that comes out! the idle bairly changes, maybe 150-200 RPM's, which seems weird to me, but it's COLD!

thanks again.

Rob
You're welcome Rob. That's all good news to me, and I'm sure it is to you too. Glad to see that your AC is working as expected. Congratulations on the wedding, also.

iceman2555 on Fri September 07, 2007 10:19 AM User is offlineView users profile



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