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A/C not holding charge

Charged the system, but coolant leaked out as fast as I put it in. Just went out and purchased an accumulator, but can't figure out where it goes!!

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Need to find th e leak b4 u start replacing parts like a dye n leak test kit ur accumullator is on the rt side of engine bay

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