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First time flushing for a DIY

levards on Thu September 16, 2010 5:52 PM User is offline

Year: 2003
Make: Ford
Model: Taurus
Engine Size: V6
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: United States


I am gathering parts to replace my compressor, accumulator and orifice tube on a 2003 Ford Taurus. This site has been very helpful as I did not know anything about flushing until reading this forum (thanks). The plan was to have my local Goodyear place remove all of the refrigerant, than I was going to remove the old compressor, old accumulator and orifice tube and begin the flushing process. I purchased an air conditioning system flush kit (made by Mastercool) and a gallon of Safe-Flush. I have read the flushing procedure and my question is on collecting the flushing material from, for example, the evaporator or condenser. Do I hook a piece of rubber hose and clamp it on to the other end of the evaporator or condenser and put the rubber hose into a bucket to collect it all while flushing? Sorry for the basic question. I have not done this before so I am trying to get all the supplies/fittings and was not sure if I need a special fitting for the condenser/evaporator to hook the hose up to. Also, can I reuse the Safe-flush by filtering the liquid through a coffee filter (or some type of filter) or is it a one use kind of material?

Any assistance or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.


TRB on Thu September 16, 2010 7:17 PM User is offlineView users profile

Suggest reading the tech page in this link.

Hect tech paper.


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HECAT on Fri September 17, 2010 7:14 AM User is offline

Yes, it is recommended to fashion some type of solvent capture method to prevent solvent over spray where you don't want it (i.e. in your face, paint, etc.). Read the tech paper to understand which way to flush, and why. Make sure you follow the prescribed procedures to completely dry out the components and test for cleanliness. If you have severe metal contamination, and given the limitations of the tooling chosen; you may need to replace the condenser. You can filter the solvent and reuse at your discretion, and only if the contamination is limited. Never filter and reuse a solvent that is contaminated with severely burnt oils and or sealer chemicals.


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levards on Fri September 17, 2010 8:45 AM User is offline

Great, thank you for your help. This forum and the paper you reference have been extremely helpful.

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