Air conditioning receiver-drier (desiccant bag) — removal and installation Ford F150

Warning: The air conditioning system is under high pressure. DO NOT loosen any fittings or remove any components until after the system has been discharged. Air conditioning refrig­erant should be properly discharged into an EPA-approved container at a dealer service department or an automotive air conditioning repair facility. Always wear eye protection when disconnecting air conditioning system fittings. Note: These vehicles are not equipped with a traditional receiver-drier. Instead, a desiccant bag (cartridge) is built into the left side of the condenser. It should be replaced whenever the compressor is replaced or whenever a component has been replaced because of a leak in the system.

1. Have the air conditioning system discharged by a licensed air conditioning tech­nician.

2. Remove the condenser (see Air conditioning condenser – removal and installation).

Ford F150 Cooling, heating and air conditioning systems_Air conditioning receiver-drier (desiccant bag) - removal and installation _Unscrew the cap to access the snap-ring and inner receiver-drier plug

Unscrew the cap to access the snap-ring and inner receiver-drier plug

3. Remove the plastic receiver-drier cap (see illustration).

4. Once the cap is removed, depress the receiver drier plug slightly and use a small screwdriver to remove the snap-ring.

5. Screw a M5 mm bolt into the drier plug and pull the receiver/drier cartridge out of the condenser. Cap the opening.

6. Installation is the reverse of removal.

7. Take the vehicle to the shop that discharged it and have the system evacuated and recharged.

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