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Old 06-08-2010, 20:42   #1 (permalink)
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Adding A/C to a 2003 Focus

So seems I always ask the questions that are hard to answer but here goes!
I have a 2003 Focus with no A/C but noticed while working on it that it has all the wires for the compressor, high pressure, low pressure switches and the A/C mounting bracket so wondered if anyone has tackled the job of adding A/C to a car? The parts are not an issue as I have a junk yard mate to the car with all the A/C parts but was wondering if there was a snag involved in the process or perhaps something to watch out for or something not to forget!
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Old 06-09-2010, 00:58   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Adding A/C to a 2003 Focus

Does it have the condenser and evaporator?
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:28   #3 (permalink)
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No they are not there but the rad has the mounts for the condenser already on it. I thought that someone might have removed the A/c but it has never been installed only wired for it. This was the only Focus I had worked on that did not have A/C so I was unsure if this was typical.
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Well, chances are you'll have the holes for the lines cut into the firewall already but you'll have to rip the dash apart to install the evap and condenser. If I did it, it'd take me two weeks working every evening at it for at least 2-3 hours.
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Well decided to go ahead and have a go at it! It was almost fun, took 6 hours to remove the parts from the parts car, remove the non ac parts from the other car and install the parts, and recharge. I will trouble shoot tomorrow if needed but looks good so far (forgot to get a belt for AC) I could not test it.
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That was fast.
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Seems Ford made this one to accept AC so it went well.
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That was fast! Good going!

I know the *ahem* Hyundai guys, if you don't order A/C, the dealer charges $1400 or so to install it in Canada at least. 25% greater of what it costs when you order an A/C package with other equipment!
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