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Old 07-18-2005, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
Alan_Johnson
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Ford Focus Air conditioning fault

Hi everyone
I have a 2000 Ford Focus with a slow leak on the air-conditioning
system. My dealer quoted $1,250 to replace the compressor, condensor
and a bunch of other stuff as they cannot find the leak ( even with
dye in the system ).

My local Autoparts store sells a kit that includes two canisters of
refrigerant + a canister of leak sealant that they claim has been very
successfull for cars like mine with a slow leak.

My problem is that I cannot finds the High and Low pressure top-up
points in the air-conditioning lines. Both my other two cars have
these valves easily identified at the top left of the engine
compartment, but I canít find them anywhere on the Focus, even though
I traced the hoses.

I have an aftermarket Haynes manual, but it is very vague and suggests
that AC problems should be sent to the dealer.

Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000 Focus ?

Thanks for your help.
AL

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Old 07-18-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Focus Air conditioning fault


"Alan_Johnson" wrote...
>
> Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000 Focus ?
>
>


right hand drive UK focus has at least one of the top up points under the
right hand wing (fender), behind the wheel house trim.


don't know if the US model is the same...


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Old 07-18-2005, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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"Alan_Johnson" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
news:1_629143_ccabd0bfa00738490b3cc5815b7e102a@autoforumz.com...
> Hi everyone
> I have a 2000 Ford Focus with a slow leak on the air-conditioning
> system. My dealer quoted $1,250 to replace the compressor, condensor
> and a bunch of other stuff as they cannot find the leak ( even with
> dye in the system ).
>
> My local Autoparts store sells a kit that includes two canisters of
> refrigerant + a canister of leak sealant that they claim has been very
> successfull for cars like mine with a slow leak.
>
> My problem is that I cannot finds the High and Low pressure top-up
> points in the air-conditioning lines. Both my other two cars have
> these valves easily identified at the top left of the engine
> compartment, but I can't find them anywhere on the Focus, even though
> I traced the hoses.
>
> I have an aftermarket Haynes manual, but it is very vague and suggests
> that AC problems should be sent to the dealer.
>
> Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000 Focus ?
>


This a/c stop leak stuff is from what I understand abit like Radweld- a
band-aid. It might work for the short term, but it'll end up causing more
problems than you started with.

Find another dealer or better still, an a/c specialist who *can* find your
leak. How about the compressor shaft seal- what miles are on the car??

Tim..



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Old 07-18-2005, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
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"" wrote:
> "Alan_Johnson" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in
> message
> news:1_629143_ccabd0bfa00738490b3cc5815b7e102a@autoforumz.com...
> > Hi everyone
> > I have a 2000 Ford Focus with a slow leak on the

> air-conditioning
> > system. My dealer quoted $1,250 to replace the compressor,

> condensor
> > and a bunch of other stuff as they cannot find the leak (

> even with
> > dye in the system ).
> >
> > My local Autoparts store sells a kit that includes two

> canisters of
> > refrigerant + a canister of leak sealant that they claim has

> been very
> > successfull for cars like mine with a slow leak.
> >
> > My problem is that I cannot finds the High and Low pressure

> top-up
> > points in the air-conditioning lines. Both my other two cars

> have
> > these valves easily identified at the top left of the engine
> > compartment, but I can't find them anywhere on the Focus,

> even though
> > I traced the hoses.
> >
> > I have an aftermarket Haynes manual, but it is very vague

> and suggests
> > that AC problems should be sent to the dealer.
> >
> > Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000

> Focus ?
> >

>
> This a/c stop leak stuff is from what I understand abit like
> Radweld- a
> band-aid. It might work for the short term, but it'll end up
> causing more
> problems than you started with.
>
> Find another dealer or better still, an a/c specialist who
> *can* find your
> leak. How about the compressor shaft seal- what miles are on
> the car??
>
> Tim..


Thanks Tim

I found them.....under the wheel well on the passenger side. I have
taken the car to a dealer and an air-conditioning specialist and they
both said that a slow leak is sometimes very hard to find......I
suppose if itís behind the dash it may be very difficult to locate.

There are only 85,000 miles on the car but it is used for company
travel and will be sold early next year, so Iím reluctant to spend a
great deal of money on a car that Iím not going to keep, so Iím going
to try the leak-fix and see what happens.

Thanks to everyone who offered assistance locating the top-up points.

Al

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