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Need to recharge the ac coolant. Bought can with gauge but which black cap do I remove to use the fill? AC is on passenger side back by firewall, cylindrical shapped object, in an upright postition, with black cap on side of top or on silver line to the right and toward the front but coming off this cylinder, CORRECT?

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It will not hurt anything if you attempt the pressure side.The vacuum side should be on the left if you're standing in front of the car with the hood open.You want the car running and a/c on.You should be able to hear it "taking".Good luck.

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