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I have a 2002 T-Bird that I took to a Ford Dealership because the air condition was not working. They charged me $1,700 for a new compressor. When I got it back, it still did not work. They said that there was 2 freon leaks and they fixed them but now they say that there must be another leak in the line and want $800 to fix it. What does the line look like and shouldn't they have put a new line in?

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There are two lines that they could be referring to. They are metal pipes which is thin in diameter, kind of like a straw. They are covered by thick insulation in most of their length.. Both of which runs from the condenser (the coils found in front of the radiator) to the AC compressor located at the engine and would stop for a moment to a small knob/screw like part where you charge the freon then goes to the inside of the car to the evaporator found underneath the dashboard.
You can do a simple test yourself by putting soap suds on the these. You should be able to see bubbles being made where there is leak. If the pressure of the freon dropped after changing the compressor then it may be a leak. If you hear the clicking sound after turning on the aircon, the fans blowing, you may just need to have the evaporators cleaned which is a cheap fix.

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