My 2000 mustang seems to have sprayed out looks like freon from somewhere and now doesn't work. Where might have this come from?
Hello, There are several places that can leak. What you see staining the engine compartment is most likely compressor oil that came out with the Freon. Any part of the system can leak.
The A/C system has a series of hoses connected with "O" rings and you need a special tool to replace a hose or replace an "O" ring. Now Autozone, Advance, and Oreilys autoparts have tool loaner programs. You would have to check to see if they have that tool. Once you find your leak, you probably will need it as the components, big or small have that type of connector.
There are some kits which help find leaks. My preference is a UV light kit ($20) which has a can of Dye that will do 4 or 5 Applications and has a set of yellow goggles and a UV penlight. It does not take much, but you will need to jump the low pressure compressor switch to get the dye to circulate and may need to add a sacrificial can of Freon($10-$14) to get pressure for the test.
Since the price of Freon has gone up, my advice for leaks has changed. There are Sealing kits for the A/C system, from $10 to $35 Dollars. If you want to detect the leak add another $8 to $20.
Then if it is a hose leak, you will need to order it. You will need to purge the system of air with a loaner Vacuum pump(Autozone). Then add an Oil charge $5-$8 and fill with 2 or 3 cans of Freon at $10 to $14 each.
You will pay for the Freon regardless, whether you do it or have someone else do it. But if you pay someone to fix it you will not have to buy Leak detectors, sacrifice Freon for a test, obtain a loaner Vacuum pump, or chase parts down. With Freon selling for $10 a can more this year than last, it costs to DIY.
If you take it to a place, ask what they will charge if it is just an "o" ring and see what kind of answers you get. Then pick a place using that answer.
Aug 06, 2011 |
2000 Ford Mustang