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So in February I was in a minor front end collision. Required A/C condenser to be replaced in addition to a couple other things in the front end in front of the condenser. Fast forward to May, I tried to use my A/C and noticed that it wasn’t blowing cold. Took it back to body shop, and they sent it off to their mechanic who evac’d and recharged it, adding dye. Two weeks go by, no issue. A/C working great but I was smelling Freon. Week 3, gradually losing it until no A/C. Brought it back to the shop, and they could not locate any dye.
All signs pointing to a failing evap core, I looked at the A/C drain in the firewall - had dye on it. So, two days ago, I stripped the dashboard apart and went through the process of getting to the evap - I did everything except take the dash and wheel completely out - I just pulled it forward enough to be able to get the old evaporator out and wiggle a new one in (Motorcraft OEM). Confirmed that evap was in fact leaking. Also looks like the second one that has been put in the truck already, making this new one the third (really, Ford???). Put everything back together, and took it to the shop today to have evac/recharge done.
I get a call saying that it was not holding vacuum, and that when the tech put the 134A into it, a “cloud of smoke” came out of the dash after he cranked the truck up. They told me that my compressor wheel has some play in it, looks like the end is burnt, and is not engaging.
So, I am a little lost. What did I do wrong??? The only place I have found new dye is at the expansion valve fitting, but not much. The freon leaked out pretty much immediately. Sounds like I need a new compressor as mine may have burnt out after the last time it was filled up with Freon and run low. But what’s the deal with the leak and evap? Many thanks in advance. This is driving me nuts, and I am trying to avoid taking apart the dash again but it sounds like I may have to.
2004 F-250, late 2003 build, 132k miles - Amsoil Oil Filtration, Dieselsite Coolant Filtration, Racor Fuel Filtration, EGR Delete, Sinister CAC Tubes, Edge Evolution, 6637 filter mod, silverline 4" turbo-back exhaust, head studs, new oil cooler