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This Ford Escape Has a Serious Problem


rev up your engines, today I’m going to
show you how to fix an air conditioning system that’s leaking out refrigerant,
now there’s many ways you’re searching for leaks you can even use dishwashing
like we put it in and around stuff to see if
it bubbles up but the two best ones are using ultraviolet dye and one of these UV
lamps or one of these sniffers it smells the leak but as these sniffers are
getting cheaper and cheaper I’m going to use a sniffer today sometimes you use
the UV dye it all depends but the sniffer is quick and fast you don’t have
to inject dye into the system and then run it and wait a little dye comes out
if their refrigerants leak and this thing will smell it up, you might buy one
share it with your friends you can all pay a little bit of it now the first
thing to check with a sniffer are all the rubber hoses and connectors because
the rubber hoses can get old and then they just go through osmosis and the
refrigerant leaks out through cells and the refrigerant can leak through walls
of the rubber and kind of seep through and this will pick it up, or you can
check all the connectors cuz often the connectors the seals and them go bad ,you
turn it on and when it beeps faster there’s a leak, so we’ll check all the rubber
lines first and of course check the compressor the seals often go bad on
that but that’s not leaking either, now sometimes rocks will hit the AC
condenser because it’s in front, way in front of the radiator so let’s
check that, and sure enough there’s the leak, the AC condenser is the part in the front
that takes the hot refrigerant and then sucks the heat away it’s a heat pump and
on this thing I’m assuming a rock or something you must have hit it because
it’s in the very front right behind the grill, it happens quite a bit these days
especially it was a lot of these trucks running around today with no backs on them
and rocks come flying off them on a highway and the reason I like using the
sniffers because let’s say we didn’t find anything under the hood, we can
stick them in the AC vents inside the car, so if was leaking in the dash we can
figure that out too and if we had a dye we wouldn’t see it leaking in the dash
because it’s all inside, this will smell the leak so it’s actually
the best first way to look for leaks and now comes the real fun this is the a/c
condenser it’s in here we gotta take a lot of crap off in order to get this
thing to get it off, first you’ll take the top bolts off the grill, so we put a
ratchet on here and take that one off and do the same thing on the other side
so both are off and then on the very inside there’s two more nuts you take
off, a little bitty tiny things, a little Wiggly yeah out it comes, now before
we go any further let’s make sure the replacement one is the same, this is an
automatic transmission so it is automatic cooler lines here which match
up, and on this side are the AC cooling lines which is over here, so it’s the
right one, now we have to loosen the refrigerant lines, by law you have to
recycle the old refrigerant, in this case hey it’s all leaked out, got my gauges
here and it shows zero pressure now so we don’t have to worry about that
there’s nothing it, we’ll just take it apart and put the new one on, now it’s
often hard to get these cooling lines off for the transmission, so first thing
we’re gonna do is squeeze it and pull it down, now we have that line off we can
wiggle it and get it off, they can often be hard to get off and since we’re
throwing this one away I’m using the giant screwdriver and hammer just
stick it on top of that hose and hammer it and now when you’re grabbing with pliers
the rubber just wiggles back and forth it’ll pop up when you pull it up, and of
course do the same thing on the other side to get that hose off there’s two
one in one out, then we remove all the brackets in the way
then we disconnect the refrigerant line it’s 13-millimeter, the pull them apart and
remove it, now here’s a tip on a transmission cooler part they come with
these stupid spring clamps they’re pain in the butt, get screw clamps slide them
over the hoses before you put the new assembly in, then you can put it together
easier and it’ll actually be a lot easier if you ever have to work on it
again and not have to mess with these cheesy little squeeze clamp and have screw ones
instead, and the nextt trick is to get a little
AC oil and lubricate the new seals before you put the condenser on them so
they won’t leak, now you have fun wiggling the whole thing yeah and they
of course don’t make them easy, then hook up the lines and get them nice and snug
the course don’t forget to put the coolant hoses on here on the other side
for the transmission, now of course realize you have to evacuate the system
with a vacuum pump before you fill it up with refrigerant, I have a whole video on
this you can watch, but we’ll start that now while we put the rest of it together
because you got to do this for about an hour and a half to get all the moisture
out, as you can see here it’s starting to suck it all out, we want to do it for about
an hour and a half or so to get all the moisturize out
moisture destroys AC system, well times up now I put all the stupid pieces back
on, and in this case it takes point seven one kilograms of refrigerant, you can
look it up sometimes they’re stickers in the cars, but they got rid of most of the
stickers now cuz they’re so cheap when they build things, and go and check
to see if you gotta fixed is watch the gauge once you turn the pump off, if it
stays the same – pressure you know there’s no more leaks, so we’re adding
the refrigerant till it says point seven one kilograms here, and now with the
car running you can see it’s filling it up you just wait until it’s point seven
one, and there we go, ha now it’s got nice ice
cold air, so the next time you’re a car’s air conditioner leaks all it’s refrigerant
out, now you know how to fix it yourself, so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell!

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