Ford Focus Air conditioning fault

Hi everyone I have a 2000 Ford Focus with a slow leak on the air-conditioning system. My dealer quoted $1,250 to replace the compressor, condensor
and a bunch of other stuff as they cannot find the leak ( even with dye in the system ).
My local Autoparts store sells a kit that includes two canisters of refrigerant + a canister of leak sealant that they claim has been very successfull for cars like mine with a slow leak.
My problem is that I cannot finds the High and Low pressure top-up points in the air-conditioning lines. Both my other two cars have these valves easily identified at the top left of the engine compartment, but I cant find them anywhere on the Focus, even though I traced the hoses.
I have an aftermarket Haynes manual, but it is very vague and suggests that AC problems should be sent to the dealer.
Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000 Focus ?
Thanks for your help. AL
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"Alan_Johnson" wrote...

right hand drive UK focus has at least one of the top up points under the right hand wing (fender), behind the wheel house trim.
don't know if the US model is the same...
hth
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This a/c stop leak stuff is from what I understand abit like Radweld- a band-aid. It might work for the short term, but it'll end up causing more problems than you started with.
Find another dealer or better still, an a/c specialist who *can* find your leak. How about the compressor shaft seal- what miles are on the car??
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"" wrote:
> message > > > Hi everyone > > I have a 2000 Ford Focus with a slow leak on the > air-conditioning > > system. My dealer quoted $1,250 to replace the compressor, > condensor > > and a bunch of other stuff as they cannot find the leak ( > even with > > dye in the system ). > > > > My local Autoparts store sells a kit that includes two > canisters of > > refrigerant + a canister of leak sealant that they claim has > been very > > successfull for cars like mine with a slow leak. > > > > My problem is that I cannot finds the High and Low pressure > top-up > > points in the air-conditioning lines. Both my other two cars > have > > these valves easily identified at the top left of the engine > > compartment, but I can't find them anywhere on the Focus, > even though > > I traced the hoses. > > > > I have an aftermarket Haynes manual, but it is very vague > and suggests > > that AC problems should be sent to the dealer. > > > > Does anyone know where to top up the refrigerant on a 2000 > Focus ? > > > > This a/c stop leak stuff is from what I understand abit like > Radweld- a > band-aid. It might work for the short term, but it'll end up > causing more > problems than you started with. > > Find another dealer or better still, an a/c specialist who > *can* find your > leak. How about the compressor shaft seal- what miles are on > the car?? > > Tim..
Thanks Tim
I found them.....under the wheel well on the passenger side. I have taken the car to a dealer and an air-conditioning specialist and they both said that a slow leak is sometimes very hard to find......I suppose if its behind the dash it may be very difficult to locate.
There are only 85,000 miles on the car but it is used for company travel and will be sold early next year, so Im reluctant to spend a great deal of money on a car that Im not going to keep, so Im going to try the leak-fix and see what happens.
Thanks to everyone who offered assistance locating the top-up points.
Al
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