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2002 F-150 AC Part ID Help

jed1154 on Thu January 03, 2008 12:48 PM User is offline

Year: 2002
Make: Ford
Model: F-150
Engine Size: 5.4L

My wife's F-150 recently stopped cooling so well, and i looked for leaks visually. I found a lot of oil and green around the base of this part.



Does anyone know what it is, or how much it might cost to replace? The truck only has 90,000 miles on it. Not sure how long its been leaking, but i noticed a couple weeks ago that the compressor was noisier than usual.

HECAT on Thu January 03, 2008 1:20 PM User is offline

It is a muffler in the hose assembly. If leaking, the hose needs to be replaced. Ford trucks have been seeing a lot of desiccant failures contaminating the system. Check for debris, if none is found you may be able to replace the dryer, hoses, add some oil, vacuum, & recharge. If debris is present the system will need a complete flush.

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TRB on Thu January 03, 2008 1:21 PM User is offlineView users profile

Which number are you referencing? Never mind I now see the big arrow!

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Edited: Thu January 03, 2008 at 1:22 PM by TRB

Chick on Thu January 03, 2008 1:33 PM User is offlineView users profile

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Which number are you referencing? Never mind I now see the big arrow!

You saw the arrow?? I didn't even see the Indians!!! Anyway, as Hecat said, it's the hose assembly and if leaking it needs to be changed...Be sure thats the spot though, and not leaking from somewhere else onto the muffler...Hope this helps..

PS: You may be able to find an aftermarket hose assembly without the muffler for a lot less than OEM, it's not really needed...

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jed1154 on Thu January 03, 2008 1:38 PM User is offline

well, im going to have to take it in. I dont have the equipment to do it properly. I was just wanting an idea. At first after seeing it, i was thinking i could get away with a couple hundred bucks for repair....but this

[quote]dryer, hoses, add some oil, vacuum, & recharge. If debris is present the system will need a complete flush.
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Makes me think this is going to be expensive....

Chick on Thu January 03, 2008 1:54 PM User is offlineView users profile

If your AC was working properly, most likely you'll just need to change the hose manifold assembly. Not a big job, but yes, special tools are needed.(Spring lock fitting remover tool) The system has to be empty before taking the old one off, then vacuumed/charged after the new one is put on.. "It's not" a big job.. If you'd like, post the city and state you're in and maybe someone can recommend a shop to you. Dealer will cost two to three times as much.."Usually" on a leak, the accumulator isn't changed on that new a truck, if it was debris in it, then of course, the flush, and new accumulator would be needed..Hope this helps..

PS: you can try to find a MACS member in your city. Don't be afraid to get estimates before doing the job...

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jed1154 on Thu January 03, 2008 3:15 PM User is offline

It helps a great deal. I have a shop i take it too that is NOT the dealer. He has done my vehicles and my dads vehicles for 30 years or so. He has always been honest and straightforward on repairs.

However, for future reference, because my normal shop is no longer conveniently located near me, Im located in Hempstead, TX but would like any shops in Katy, TX if any one has any recommendations.

Chick on Thu January 03, 2008 3:36 PM User is offlineView users profile

Finding a shop you trust is half the battle, if no one else can recommend a shop in your area, you have the "family" shop to fall back on. Price is always a factor, but just as important is "quality work". In TX you need AC, so...it is what it is.... Good luck and let us know how it turns out..
Keep checking back as I believe a few members are from TX, but it is a big state... Hope this helps..

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jed1154 on Fri January 04, 2008 9:49 AM User is offline

Ill do that. The guy i use has never had ANY problem saving old parts or hauling me back in the shop to show me what a problem is or otherwise 'prove' to me that something is not right. After a few times of that, i totally trust his call. I was really sold on my old truck's AC job. I was told that because of the age of the compressor and system and that there were some problems with it, that you cannot use the gauge as a means to charge the vehicle, but rather it needed to be evacuated and charged with the proper amount. I had that done and it cooled better than ever. Doing that truck by the gauge resulted in under or over charge, i dont remember which.

Chick on Fri January 04, 2008 10:51 AM User is offlineView users profile

Yes, when you have a "factory" AC system, "ALWAYS" charge the correct weight back in, then use the pressures to diagnois problems" if" any are found..That is the correct way...Hope this helps..

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jed1154 on Fri January 23, 2009 11:33 PM User is offline

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Originally posted by: jed1154
My wife's F-150 recently stopped cooling so well, and i looked for leaks visually. I found a lot of oil and green around the base of this part.







Does anyone know what it is, or how much it might cost to replace? The truck only has 90,000 miles on it. Not sure how long its been leaking, but i noticed a couple weeks ago that the compressor was noisier than usual.

TRB on Sat January 24, 2009 1:19 AM User is offlineView users profile

Was there a follow up question?

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