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I NEED TO REPLACE THE AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR IN MY 2001 FORD TAURAS. CAN YOU GIVE ME A STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE TO DO THIS.

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  • anb2978 Sep 16, 2010

    The answer I received left out many steps. I need a more precise and detailed instruction.

  • anb2978 Sep 16, 2010

    I have been told that this is a two hour job and the last expert said it was an eight hour job. I dont believe that to be correct and would like the opinion of another expert.

  • anb2978 Sep 16, 2010

    I thing this is the best way to go. Thanks

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Visit autozone.com web site for the procedure to install your air conditioner compressor . It is free , and you can download and print the entire step by step procedure. Just follow the directions to add your vehicle and then select repair guides .

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    I believe your compressor is located on the lower right hand side of your engine compartment toward the front of the vehicle , correct ? If so , it is about a two and a half hour job to replace it , evacuate it with a vacuum pump and recharge it . It's not that hard to do. You pull the serpentine belt, disconnect the hose manifold from the back of the compressor, and there will be four bolts which mount the compressor to the engine . And of course the clutch wire must be disconnected as well . You will have to remove the lower dust shield from a car to access the compressor and bolts and everything else from underneath the car to do the job .

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(This is a hard 8 hour job, even if you know what you're doing and using a lift)

1. Recover the R-134a refrigerant, by attaching a Robinair CoolTech Semi-Automatic Recovery, Recycling, and Recharging Station to the low pressure valve, where the accumulator hose goes into the evaporator.
2. Disconnect the negative battery cable, remove air dam, and drain radiator.
3. Remove serpentine belt.
4. Remove old compressor from below the car:
a. Remove exhaust system, from just below the exhaust manifold to the catalytic converter. This is where 18" to 24" extensions come in handy.
b. Remove radiator cooling fan.
c. Remove lower thermostat housing and hoses.
d. Remove electrical connector to clutch.
e. Remove old compressor, by removing manifold and four mounting bolts. This provides ample room to remove and install the new compressor.
5. Optional Step: Empty the 6 oz. of Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG) refrigerant oil that came in the compressor. Instead, I added 6 oz. of BG Universal Frigi-Quiet Refrigerant Oil (Part No. 7018) to the Suction Port (S). It's a di-capped PAG oil that was strongly recommended by several people I know, who have serviced auto air conditioners in Texas for years. It can be used with R-12, R-134a, and CO2 systems and comes with a dye. I expect BG Universal Frigi-Quiet Refrigerant Oil to substantially extend the life and improve the performance of the compressor, just as other full-synthetic lubricants have already extended the life and improved the performance of my engine, power steering, and transmission.
6. Remove both O-rings from the back of the new compressor and clutch (Motorcraft Part No. YCC212). Install new O-rings, after coating them with PAG oil, to the Suction (S) and Discharge (D) ports.
7. Install new compressor and clutch--tighten four mounting bolts 18 lb.-ft. Keep the plug on the compressor ports, in order not to loose any refrigerant oil during installation. Remove plug, attach manifold, and tighten manifold bolt 15 lb.-ft. Use the original manifold bolt, not the shipping bolt securing the plug. Attach electrical connector to clutch, after applying dielectric grease.
8. Install lower thermostat housing and hoses.
9. Remove the old accumulator, by removing the A/C tube lock coupling clips and, by using the proper line separator tool, separate the spring lock couplers. One coupler (5/8-inch) connects the accumulator to the compressor and the other coupler (3/4-inch) connects the accumulator to the evaporator. Disconnect the electrical connector on the air conditioning cycling switch on top of the accumulator. Remove accumulator mounting bolts.
10. Install new accumulator (Motorcraft Part No. YF2569). Replace the three O-rings going to each connection, coat O-rings with PAG oil, connect accumulator lines to the compressor and evaporator, replace the A/C tube lock coupling clips, connect the cycling switch electrical connector (apply dielectric grease), and tighten mounting bolts.
11. Important: Rotate the three lugs on the end of the clutch several revolutions, using a pry bar, before turning the air conditioner on. This will circulate the oil in the compressor. Otherwise, the compressor may fail.
12. Attach radiator cooling fan, serpentine belt, exhaust system, negative battery cable, air dam, and refill radiator with coolant.
13. Evacuate, leak test, and charge the A/C system with 34 oz. of R-134a.
14. Test drive the car. Place a thermostat in the center cooling vent and ensure the system cools down enough. I stopped making it colder on my Taurus, when it recorded 32 degrees F.
15. Record work performed in Maintenance Log.

If there is any indication of "black death," the system should be flushed. If there is evidence of debris, the orifice tube (Motorcraft Part No. YG343) should be replaced--it will be located in the high pressure inlet tube to the evaporator, or in the liquid line, somewhere between the outlet of the condenser and the inlet of the evaporator. The point can be found, in a properly functioning system, by locating the area between the outlet of the condenser and the inlet of the evaporator that suddenly changes from hot to cold. There should be small dimples in the line that keep the orifice tube from moving.

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    Im glad I could help. If there is ever anything else I can help you with feel free to ask for me

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Its not a easy job.But procedure is as follows:-- The whole front end including radiator will have to be removed. First the fan on radiator has to be removed.The fan on passenger side. Then there is a freon refrigerant in the compressor.You will have to drain the freon from the ac compressor .It can be drained from low ac pressure port.Then Disconnect the compressor plug.The remove bolt that is located between the two hoses on an aluminum block attached to compressor.Then remove the belt.Its called serpentine belt.It holds the compressor pulley.to release the pulley the belt needs to be removed.

Then remove the 4 bolts that on the radiator side of the compressor.Once the bolt removed the compressor can be removed out but be careful not to damage the radiator when lifting it out.

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