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To flush or not to flush?

rdm757 on Fri April 11, 2008 12:29 PM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 2001
Make: Dodge
Model: Ram 2500
Engine Size: 5.9L CTD
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: United States

Hi! Been a while since I was last here with a/c problems on my Blazer, but now I'm back with a different vehicle and problem. I just had it evaluated by a local shop and they told me the liquid line is restricted and needs to be replaced. They also recommended a new compressor. I asked about "black death" and he said no, that mainly happens to Fords, but the fact that the liquid line is restricted means the compressor is "slowly coming apart" so replacing only the liquid line would be a temporary fix. They also would replace the accumulator and expansion valve and flush the system.

Regarding flushing, I read that Ford and GM say yes, Chrysler and Toyota say no. It seems to me that if you want to fix it for good, also replacing the condenser would probably be best, but this shop did not think it was necessary.

So my question is, do you think it is ok to flush the system on a Dodge Ram? I know some condensers are more able to be flushed than others depending on what type it is. Do you think a 2001 Ram has a condenser that is able to be flushed adequately? What about installing a filter instead or in addition? I believe in "Fix it right, fix it for life" and that is exactly what I want to do.

As always, thanks for the help and advice!

TRB on Fri April 11, 2008 4:33 PM User is offlineView users profile

Newer condensers we do not flush. Flushing is fine if you get all the flushing agent back out of the system.

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rdm757 on Fri April 11, 2008 11:34 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks Tim. Big decision now is whether I want to tackle this myself or have it done. If I do decide to do it, does ACKits carry everything I'll need? I'd need a compressor, accumulator, and orifice tube (which is apparently part of the liquid line, so the entire line from the condenser to the evaporator will need to be replaced). Then I could take it in and have them pull a vacuum and charge it or I could buy a vacuum pump - I already have a gauge set. The only question would be flushing. To do it properly, what will I need and how much would it cost? I know there are different options, but do you think in the DIY range I can get good results, or would it be better just to have it done with the expensive flush unit I'm sure they are using at the shop?

TRB on Fri April 11, 2008 11:42 PM User is offlineView users profile

We should be able to set you up. Doing a quick check I see we don't list items at this time. I'll source it out on Monday if you like. Email me a request so I don't forget, [email protected]

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Edited: Fri April 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM by TRB

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