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A/C recharge 2006 explorer

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by richardodie2, August 5, 2011.

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    1. richardodie2

      richardodie2 New Member

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      Was wondering what type of refrigerant is used in the 2006 explorer, mine is blowing a bit on the warmish side not getting cold enough, can you use one of the off the shelf recharge kits from the auto parts store, thanks.
       
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      You can use one of those, but there are a lot of different reasons why it might not be blowing cold. Is the condenser in good shape and has plenty of airflow? Is there a restriction in the system? (feel the tubing for the high side, it shouldn't get cold until the evaporator, or right before. If it does, or there is frost on the lines it indicates a restriction usually). Are the blend doors working properly? The proper way to do it is to evacuate the system and pull a good vacuum on it and see if it holds for 20 min. If it does then there aren't any leaks, at least any big ones. Then charge it with the proper amount of refrigerant.

      But since I'm fairly certain you don't have a $4k+ AC service machine, the next best thing is to use a manifold gauge set, you can get them for like $50-60 at HF, good enough for home use. Hook it up properly with it on Max AC and watch the high side/low side pressures as the compressor cycles on and off, generally if they are a little low then you are low on refrigerant.

      Or just get the parts store kit, and hope for the best. Overcharged is just as bad as undercharged though, and sometimes worse.
       
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      The nice thing about some of the off the shelf kits is they come with a gauge marked at the proper psi. Makes it pretty fool proof. Just fill till you're in the right range. If that does not fix it, your only out a few bucks and you can take it in for service. If it does work, you just saved a bunch.
       

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