Advice on identifying vacuum leak in A/C system
I have a 2001 Taurus 3.0 OHV with 138K miles. My A/C clutch went bad. Before the clutch died the AC worked great so there was no compressor failure therefore no need to flush the system, replace the accumulator, etc.
There is no room to just replace the clutch with the compressor installed so I had to remove the entire clutch/compressor assembly. As it turns out, neither O'Reilly's or Auto Zone had the tool to install the new clutch coil so the entire compressor was going to have to come out anyway.
I put it all back together, try to pull a vacuum and the best I can get down to is -18. When I close the gauges after about 10 min most of the -18 is gone.
This is my first time to tackle an A/C repair. Clearly there is a leak. The only part that was removed was the manifold from the back of the compressor. I had to move the manifold around some to get the compressor out.
I'm hoping that some wise, experienced Taurus owners/mechanics have had a similar experiences and can share how they solved the problem and where they found their leak.
Any assistance, prayers, sympathy is greatly appreciated.