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Refrigerant Leak?

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2000 XLT, V6 OHV
I noticed over the years that this part of the AC hose is covered in what looks like oil. It’s gotten worse and the AC feels warmer. Has anyone had a leak in that area before? I’m wondering how common it is. I see the replacement on rock auto for $50 but I’d like to get an opinion before I order it.

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Clean fitting. Start truck, turn AC on. Soapy water.

The last thing I would ever do is replace an AC component without being absolutely sure it is the leaky component.
 






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Good suggestion. I have a UV light to detect leaks so I’ll probably get the ac dye as well.
 






Good suggestion. I have a UV light to detect leaks so I’ll probably get the ac dye as well.
I would go the dye route. but try The soap first and clean the fitting.
 






Whether this "sweating" is a refrigerant leak or not, an almost certain sign of low charge is very fast cycling (a couple seconds on/ couple seconds off).
 






I just went through this process of finding a leak. I tried the UV dye and then the leak detector but soapy water worked best. It was coming from the evaporator, a place that the UV dye and leak detector could not find.
As with everybody else, find the leak first.
 






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