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oil distribution question

DLAFORCE on Sun March 23, 2008 4:28 PM User is offline

Year: 2000
Make: ford
Model: focus
Engine Size: twin cam

i am replacing a locked up compressor.i am also replacing the liquid line,expansion valve,accumulator,drier,condensor.the remaining items will get flushed with a/c flush.i was told to distribute the oil throughout the system.please help explain how to do this thank you.

brickmason on Sun March 23, 2008 5:42 PM User is offline

Just add half the oil to the compressor before installing it, add the other half to the accumulator.

Put everything back together.

Before starting engine, turn compressor hub by hand, the outer part at the clutch, not the pulley part the belt rides on, 10 revolutions in each direction to avoid slugging the compressor with all that oil in one spot once you start engine and turn on the A/C.

Then pull deep vacuum, ensure that it holds, recharge and everything should work.

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DLAFORCE on Sun March 23, 2008 8:22 PM User is offline

thanks for the help.i havn't looked at the new accumulator yet.does it matter where it goes in the accumulator?

iceman2555 on Sun March 23, 2008 9:38 PM User is offlineView users profile

Check the type compressor for your vehicle...if a fixed displacement compressor...ie. FS10 add 25-30%of total system lubricant charge into the compressor....if a scroll or rotary vane...2 oz is sufficient.
The remainder of the system lubricant charge should be added to the inlet side (evap) side of the accumulator. On Fords this may take a bit of engineering...they often have some weird connectors/line attachment.
Be sure to use the OE spec'd lubricant for this vehicle....and purchase a good name quality lubricant...we are seeing some serious compressor failures lately that can be traced directly to using an inferior quality lubricant.
Good luck.


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