Unhooking Connectors From Air Conditioning Compressor in a Ford Explorer

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Releasing air conditioner refrigerant into the atmosphere is a felony. Learn more about replacing an air conditioning compressor in a 1996 Ford Explorer in this free auto repair video from a master mechanic.

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Today we're changing an air conditioning compressor on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step, we're going to talk about refrigerant recovery and electrical connectors. Now it is possible for the common person to take and charge your air conditioning system. However, the machine that they use to remove refrigerant from air conditioning system is relatively expensive, thus its cost prohibitive for you to be able to recover your refrigerant. Now it is a felony to release refrigerant to the atmosphere. You just can't take a screwdriver and jam it in the valve and release it to the atmosphere. It?s pretty much toxic to the natural environment. So what you're going to want to do before you open the air conditioning system is head down to your local automotive repair facility or car dealership and have them recover your air conditioning. What you have on your air conditioning compressor will be one to three electrical components. The first thing you're going to want to disconnect is the air conditioning compressor clutch. Now this is a magnetic clutch that actually applies and releases the compressor depending upon the duty cycle your computer wants to run it through. It has your standard wiring connector on it. Just take and pry it open and slip it off. From here what we're going to do is we're going to take and release this electrical connector on one of your pressure switches. Just take and pry up on it and slip it out. Just like so. That is the proper service procedure for disconnecting the electronics on your air conditioning compressor.


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