AC Accumulator is simply missing

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Asked by May 20, 2010 at 07:59 PM about the 1997 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a friend who has asked me to help repair the AC on a car he just purchased.  The car is a 1997 Ford Taurus GL, with the 3.0L V-6 Engine code U. Iit looks to me like the previous owner simply took the AC accumulator out of the car.  We were wondering if, and it may not be possible, there would have been anything that would have lead the previous owner to simply remove that component, and not replace it.  Would a bad compressor/condenser, or something else give someone reason to butcher the system, and just take the accumulator out?  

The attached picture is where I think the accumulator is supposed to go.  It's been so long since I have been under the hood of a Taurus, I forget exactly where it should have been.  

3 Answers

This car has no dryer on it,they done away with it,sounds like the compressor is bad,buy the way im certifed in auto ac.replace the compressor and find the low pressure line,the small valve is the recharge valve,should be on the passenger side up close to the radiator.

The car should have an accumulator, not a drier. The accumulator will be between the evaporator core (under the dash with tube protruding through the firewall) to the compressor. The metering device is an orifice tube and it will be found in the liquid line. Picture is attached.

James. The accumulator is formally known as a accumulator/drier.... so he is right.

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