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Audible freon leak near evaporator coil in dash. How to access ?

This is in a 1986 E--350 Cut-a-Way

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  • ccgalla Mar 04, 2009

    How do I get to the Evaporator Coil? Can it be removed without tearing out the complete dash?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    replace the evaporator core.



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Sounds like you have a leak in your A/C hoses have them tested with a refrigerant that has a die added to it. you can pick it up from any local auto parts store but make sure you get the set with the nifty little glasses or you won't really be able to see it.

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