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2013 Base Tacoma has AC leak somewhere in cabin area.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacosOnly, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. Oct 17, 2022 at 6:40 AM
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    That's the only thing I got out of your post. So you went through all this work and spent money on parts and then didn't vacuum the system prior to recharge...so you've wasted your time and money.

    You now have moisture in your AC lines which corrode all the aluminum parts and cause early failure, cause the system to decrease in efficiency very quickly meaning less cold air and the moisture can freeze in the winter (depending on your location) and at best cause a blockage but at worst rupture the system.

    If you don't have the proper tools, don't do the work yourself. I would take your truck to a shop and let them evacuate the system, vacuum it and then recharge it. Probably less than $200.
     
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  2. Oct 17, 2022 at 7:06 AM
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    I've been thinking about this, and I think what I'll do is wait and see if I took care of the leaks, and if so, this is all I need to do to complete the job. If not, I'm pulling the dashboard anyway.

    Which leads me to my next question.

    At what point in the process of removing my dashboard does the vehicle become inoperable mechanically?
     
  3. Oct 17, 2022 at 7:53 AM
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    Also, I'd like to add that typically Auto parts stores will have all the tools on their rental program that you'd need for your AC work, to include the vacuum pump and the AC manifold kit. Usually you just put a down payment on the equipment but when you return it the following day, you'll get your money refunded. The only thing that they wont have would be a scale to weigh the quantity of refrigerant you're putting back into your system. I bought one of those cheap kitchen scales specifically for this, I think I spent somewhere around 20$.

    -J
     
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    NOTE: The receiver / Dryer is built in to the Condenser Assembly on a Tacoma. So you would need to replace the entire Condenser / Receiver / Dryer Assembly and pull a good vacuum for a proper repair.

    https://parts.longotoyota.com/oem-parts/toyota-condenser-8846004211

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Oct 17, 2022 at 9:39 AM
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    Did not know that about the receiver/dryer. Is that for all Tacomas? Old school says to always replace the receiver/dryer whenever you open the system. Hopefully I won't have to do that any time soon.
     
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    Almost all vehicles are like this now, you can technically replace the desiccant bag and filter but by the time you pull the condenser out to do so you may as well replace the whole thing.
     
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  9. Oct 17, 2022 at 10:51 AM
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    In my link you can see it is only 260 bucks. Pretty good insurance policy.
     
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  12. Oct 17, 2022 at 3:09 PM
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    Sorry, but if you refilled your system without pulling a vacuum (did you really do that!?) that ship has sailed. You need to replace the filter dryer... and hence the condenser.

     
  13. Oct 17, 2022 at 5:06 PM
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    *I* did it. Is it really too late now? Is the rust going to start that fast?
     
  14. Oct 17, 2022 at 5:17 PM
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    It's not that simple, when you pull a dash you are unplugging alot of wiring and modules not to mention all the structural support for everything so no you can't just put the steering column back in and drive the truck with no dash.


    The problem is the oil in an A/C system is hydroscopic meaning it absorbs moisture from it's environment, when it absorbs enough moisture it becomes acidic and it's lubrication properties are reduced. That and removing air from the system is why you are supposed to always pull a vacuum on a refrigeration system before charging it.

    That being said I have seen systems where people didn't pull a vacuum on and had no issues other than reduced cooling capability due to the air in the system, but I would never reccomend charging an empty system without first pulling a vacuum on it.
     
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    Not me. I didn't do or need any A/C work, the thread starter did. I was just commenting on the receiver/dryer being part of the condenser. I never noticed that.
     
  16. Oct 17, 2022 at 5:46 PM
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    That does sound kinda bad. I wonder if this will cause a failure one component at a time or if I'll find that everything needs to be replaced all at once.
     

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