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2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 119 WB

2000 Ford Expedition
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Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Door
15 mpg city / 20 mpg hwy
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March 12, 2013, 5:47 pm

Agustin R
 

Question: A/C Hose Assembly

It has dual air. Leaked A/C Freon at hose/quick connect metal. I tried epoxy sealant but failed to fix it. Told by AutoZone and Ford Parts department that hose is sold as an entire hose assembly. AutoZone sells for $199 and I found at Rockauto.com selling for $87.99. I am no mechanic but do often fix my car myself. Because I suffer from hand nerve pain due to diabetes, making repairs and maintenance painful, I was wondering if this is a part I can install myself with minimum difficulty. In other words, can this be installed by someone who is not a mechanic?


March 21, 2013, 12:06 pm

Elizabeth K
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It's hard to answer that question, since I don't know how much pain it would cause you. Yes, replacing an a/c hose (with the right tools and a decent manual) is a DIY-level project. Normally, the evacuating/re-charging freon would be the more technically difficult part. I would say that if you feel comfortable replacing an alternator, and you are familiar with adding freon, then you can tackle this project.

Evacuating the existing freon before opening the lines, and pulling a vacuum on the system before re-charging are steps that are often overlooked by non-mechanics due to lack of equipment. But many auto parts stores lend out this equipment, and it's worth taking the time to do a professional job.

And here's some a/c repair info:
http://www.aa1car.com/library/ac_best_practices.htm


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