Continental 2000-2002

Recovering The Refrigerant


Read and follow all of the Warnings, Cautions and Notes in the Precautions at the beginning of this section before continuing.

Ford Motor Company recommends use of an A/C service center to carry out recovery, evacuation, and charging of the refrigerant system. If an A/C service center is not available, refrigerant system recovery, evacuation, and charging may be accomplished using a separate recovery station, vacuum pump, charging cylinder, and manifold gauge set.

  1. Prior to recovering the refrigerant system, you must verify the purity of the refrigerant.
    Some R-134a service centers require the use of an A/C manifold gauge set.

  3. Connect an R-134a A/C service center to the low- and high-pressure service gauge port valves.
  5. Recover the refrigerant from the system following the operating instructions provided by the equipment manufacturer.
  7. Once the service center has recovered the vehicle A/C system refrigerant, close the service center inlet valve (if equipped). Then switch off the power supply.
  9. Allow the vehicle A/C system to remain closed for about two minutes. Observe the system vacuum level as shown on the gauge. If the vacuum does not decrease, disconnect the refrigerant center hose(s). If the system vacuum does decrease, repeat Steps 2 through 5 until the vacuum level remains stable for two minutes.
  11. Carry out the required repairs.