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A/C Accumulator, removal and installation?

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I can't figure out how to remove the accumulator, it rotted out on me awhile back and I'd love to not have to spend the $500+ to get it fixed, especially if the rest of the A/C system may not work..

All constructive advice, pertaining to the removal and installation of the A/C accumulator would be greatly appreciated!!

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I think I figured it out, need the plastic A/C removal tools, similar to the fuel pump.

Is there any possibility that there is anything else wrong with the A/C if the accumulator sat for a few years rotted out?
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u will need to take it to a shop for service, recovery, evac and recharge. I would take it to a shop to have them recover any leftover refrigerant go home to do accumulator. it has a few lines on it, one is one of those quick disconnect and the other u will need a big adjustable wrench. and theres a strap towards the bottom of it holding it in, remove those, disconnect the accumulator. dont forget to swap over ur pressure switch to the new one. reccomend changing your orifice tube also. the system will most likely have moisture and air in it that like i said will be taken care of if u go to a shop. if u dont go to the shop, ur air probably wont work.
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Well there is no need to drain the system prior to removing it, it has a hole in it from being rusted/rotted out.

What's a pressure switch? (dumbfounded, lol.)

How much would this project cost? Aside from the accumulator price, I've seen the accumulator from $15 to $50.

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if theres a hole in it then its probly all gone anyhow. the pressure switch is what tells the ac when the pressure is too high or low and tells the ac compressor to kick off or on. i would guess less than $100 besides the accumulator. in your case i would replace the accumulator then take to a shop and tell them u need an evac and recharge.
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Thanks Jacob.

I can't get the 'bolt/screwing part' off.

I don't have an open end wrench but tried a monkey wrench, and broke it on it's thickest part.
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You need to put oil in it before you close it up. Measure what comes out of the old one.
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You need to put oil in it before you close it up. Measure what comes out of the old one.
If there is any left, for all I know it's rotted through and the oil has either drained or evaporated (depending on the type of oil.).

I can't even get the current one off, let alone drain it and measure the oil, lol.
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You need to put oil in it before you close it up. Measure what comes out of the old one.
oh yes, i forgot bout oil, good point, i think its something like 2 oz, but he wont have the capability to do that, the shop will do that when they do evac and recharge.
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