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2000 ZX2 - Replace Components, Vacuum, Recharge

steeler82 on Sat June 14, 2008 1:28 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 2000
Make: Ford
Model: Escort ZX2
Engine Size: 2.0L
Country of Origin: United States

Hello, I’m a big-time newbie. Never worked on AC system before last year, obviously made big mistakes. Still don’t know much…but learning.

Working on my son’s 2000 Ford Escort ZX2, 2.0L, DOHC. Spring of last year 2007, compressor died. Bought and changed salvage yard compressor, had it charged by friend, didn't work. Friend told me to change orifice tube and accumulator/drier. I had never heard of an orifice tube…was like whatha?!? Sure enough, it was clogged. Replaced it and accum. Had it charged, luckily it worked. AC worked good all summer, then died in Sept. Go figure.

April 2008, bought another salvage yard compressor, replaced it, charged it 2+ cans. Didn’t work, compressor would cycle then stop. Took to local mechanic. He put a gauge on it and opened valve where you charge it and only warm air came out. He said it’s clogged somewhere, need to have system flushed then recharge OR replace major components then recharge.

I started looking for advice on the net, and found this site, which is great! What happened last year was definitely “black death”. After reading more, figured I better replace components. I don’t have big bucks to spend, I purchased new compressor, orifice tube, accumulator/drier, and condenser.

What do you think I should do at this point? Should I go ahead and replace all of these parts, then have system vacuumed & charged by a professional? Any other components to worry about? Or do I need to have other parts of the system flushed?

Anything tricky about replacing condenser?

Any advice you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

AC Green-Horn Joe!

Edited: Sat June 14, 2008 at 1:48 AM by steeler82

steeler82 on Sat June 14, 2008 1:50 AM User is offlineView users profile

I was reading some more on this site...and noticing everywhere. What a goof-ball I am for not noticing this before. I hope I didn't offend anyone. If I did, sorry about that.

Chick on Sat June 14, 2008 6:11 AM User is offlineView users profile

The first time you found the O tube clogged was the time to flush it. But now changing all the parts is wise, you have a new condenser, thats great. You will still need to dissemble the remaining parts and flush whats left/ In your case, hoses and evaporator. Use plenty of shop air to make sure the flush is gone, and also to blow out the debris, then assemble the system, pull a deep vacuum and recharge the proper amount back in. BE SURE TO ADD THE PROPER AMOUNT of Pag 46 oil back and don't use anything but pure R134a. The tips and FAQ page has all the info you need for flushing and charging..Hope this helps..

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steeler82 on Sat June 14, 2008 12:09 PM User is offlineView users profile

I was really hoping to stay away from the evaporator and any flushing due to replacing components, but sounds like it needs to be done, so i'm just gonna have to be patient and buy what's needed to flush the hoses and evaporator. Thanks for the advice I appreciate it.

steeler82 on Mon June 16, 2008 12:51 AM User is offlineView users profile

Anyone ever have trouble getting the orifice tube inserted far enough? The old one I pulled out was way down in the tube, too far I would think. The replacement would not in far enough...was about a half inch shy so that the connecting tube could not go over it. Thanks.

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