A/C - Is it Factory Installed or Dealer Installed

Pooh BearJuly 22, 2008

I'm looking up parts online to fix the A/C in our Ford Explorer.

I keep seeing references to Factory Installed and Dealer Installed.

How can I tell which one I have.

I put some R134a in it today to see what would happen.

The compressor came on but made a horrible noise.

Sounded like a base ball card in bicycle spokes.

So I am certain it needs a new compressor.

And if I replace the compressor I need to also replace??

Accumulator/Dryer, O-Rings, Oriface Tube, what else?

I watched an online video last night where some mechanics

were retrofitting an R12 system with R134a. They installed

all the components and then added R134a without pulling

a vaccuum on the system. I thought it had to be vaccuumed.

94 Ford Explorer 4 door Eddie Bauer 2 wheel drive.

Thanks for any help and advice.

Pooh Bear

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Pooh Bear


Got my answers on another forum.

Pooh Bear

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 10:50PM
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Pooh Bear:

And the answer was ...??

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 3:06AM
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Pooh Bear

It is Factory Installed A/C.
And it does have to have a vaccuum pulled
on the system before charging it with R134a.

Pooh Bear

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 10:21PM
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