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A/C pressures What should the a/c system pressures read on a properly charged 1996 Ford Explorer approximately?

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42-45 low side and 200 high side would be nice but the heat being like it is look far 250 to275 and that is pushing it...if the low side service port is like 2 feet away from high side(whitch i think it is on this year) your low side could reach about 52 ,so this wold be normal

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