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Old 05-29-2020, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default A/C Receiver Drier / Accumulator

Since switching from VG30e to VG33e, I have had constant problems with my A/C lines because the 3.0 compressor is not in the same spot and is not the same compressor as the 3.3.

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A shop in town called East Texas Auto Air is the only place I have found that will custom bend/make the A/C lines for my truck. So far, I have been there 3 times: when the engine was first installed and returned twice to repair lines that they said cracked when they built the system. Even though they admit it was something they did, they have never given any discount for the repair because I was outside of the 30-day warranty. I hate going back again, but they are the only game around for custom A/C lines. This time I plan to do some serious driving to test the system.

Anyway, the point is that the line has another crack in it and won't hold refrigerant.

When I bring it back in again, should I purchase a new "Receiver Drier / Accumulator"?

My thinking is that if there is a hole in the line, this drier is ruined from the outside atmosphere.

A/C Receiver Drier / Accumulator

(picture from the sticky How to: Retrofitting A/C)
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Old 05-29-2020, 02:16 PM   #2
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Could you possibly switch the 3.0 A/C components with 3.3 A/C components?
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Old 05-29-2020, 02:43 PM   #3
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Could you possibly switch the 3.0 A/C components with 3.3 A/C components?
No, it took a whole different mounting bracket and the old A/C compressor didn't take the serpentine belt that the VG33 uses.

Doesn't matter now anyway. I sold the 3.0 compressor on here long ago.

I'm just interested to know if I need to buy a new A/C drier before bringing it to the shop for another repair.
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:55 AM   #4
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Once the system is exposed to outside air, the drier should be replaced. They can be bought new from ebay for around ten bucks. I changed all the orings in the pathy, changed the drier and swapped the compressor. Then i evacuated and chargeD the system. I now have sub 40 degree air at the vents.
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I'd say go ahead and replace it. Better to replace now than have to lose your charge just to swap it later.
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Yeah, I already ordered a new one from rockauto.com

I figured as much.
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Yes, when a repair is needed due to loss of refrigerant, the receiver-drier should be replaced. As should a decent guess of the refrigerant oil lost.

Your photo shows receiver-drier, on the high side of a system with expansion valve. An accumulator is on the low side of a system with an orifice tube.
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Yes, when a repair is needed due to loss of refrigerant, the receiver-drier should be replaced. As should a decent guess of the refrigerant oil lost.

Your photo shows receiver-drier, on the high side of a system with expansion valve. An accumulator is on the low sie of a system with an orifice tube.
Is there a separate accumulator? I was under the impression that this item did both.

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If the fittings are correct, that should be fine.
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