Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 6-CYL 1988-1995 Repair Information

Filter/Drier or Accumulator/Drier

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This component is referred to as the accumulator/drier on the Premier and Monaco vehicles, and as the filter/drier on all other models.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

Except Premier and Monaco

See Figure 1

  1. Have the air conditioning system properly discharged by a qualified professional mechanic using an approved refrigerant recovery/recycling machine.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nuts that fasten the refrigerant lines to the sides of the receiver/drier assembly.
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  7. Remove the refrigerant lines from the receiver/drier and discard the gaskets. Cover the exposed ends of the lines to minimize contamination.
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  9. Unfasten the mounting strap bolts and remove the receiver/drier from the engine compartment.
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Fig. Fig. 1: A common Filter/Drier assembly

To install:
  1. Transfer the mounting strap to the new receiver/drier.
  2.  
  3. Coat the new gaskets with wax-free refrigerant oil and install. Connect the refrigerant lines to the receiver/drier and tighten the nuts.
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  5. Have the air conditioning system evacuated and recharged by a qualified professional mechanic, utilizing the proper equipment. Check for leaks.
  6.  

Premier and Monaco

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

The accumulator/drier is mounted in the engine compartment on the right side of the vehicle.

  1. Have the air conditioning system properly discharged by a qualified professional mechanic using an approved refrigerant recovery/recycling machine.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the locknut which secures the refrigerant lines to the sides of the accumulator/drier assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the refrigerant lines from the receiver/drier and discard the gaskets. Cover the exposed ends of the lines to minimize contamination.
  8.  
  9. Remove the A/C line at the dash panel using the appropriate Spring Lock Coupling Tool (from A/C Tool Kit 6125) or equivalent. Refer to the procedures for the refrigerant lines.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Cut-away schematic of the accumulator/drier assembly



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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen the locknut to remove the refrigerant line

  1. Remove the accumulator/drier mounting bolts. Remove the receiver/drier and bracket from the engine compartment.
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  3. Loosen the securing bolt, then separate the bracket and accumulator/drier.
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To install:

Whenever the accumulator is replaced, the oil trapped inside must be replaced with new oil.

  1. Remove the service valve. Drain and measure the amount of oil inside of the old accumulator/drier. Add the amount of oil removed with an additional 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) of clean refrigerant oil to the new accumulator prior to installation.
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  3. Position the accumulator in the bracket and tighten the securing bolt.
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  5. Position the accumulator/drier/bracket assembly in the vehicle and secure in place with the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts until they are snug.
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  7. Clean all dirt or foreign material from both pieces of the hose coupling at the dash panel.
  8.  
  9. Install the new O-rings on the male fitting.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the spring-type coupling with the special coupling tool



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Fig. Fig. 5: Accumulator/drier mounting bolt locations

  1. Lubricate the male fitting and O-rings with clean refrigerant oil.
  2.  
  3. Insert the female fitting into the male fitting and push them together until the garter spring snaps over the flared end of the female fitting.
  4.  
  5. Install the accumulator/drier hose and secure with the locknut.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  
  9. Have the air conditioning system evacuated and recharged by a qualified professional mechanic, utilizing the proper equipment. Check for leaks.
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