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Old 29 Mar 2015, 05:25 pm
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Default Discharging A/C For Timing Belt Replacement?

Hey, I was curious if there is a proper way to discharge the AC system, or if it is even nessecary for changing the timing belt? I don't really have an entire AC discharge unit handy in my garage, and was wondering on what you all thought.

I've heard mixed responses in other threads, and some people say to just let it dischage openly into the air.... which seems unhealthy and illegal. Not to mention I'm guessing the steps to refil a system that was empteyd fully would be different than a simple recharge?

Thanks a bunch for your help. I plan to upload some pics eventually of this job in high res
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Old 29 Mar 2015, 06:21 pm
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I also wanted to note, if special equipment is available for discharging the system, is there any consumer grade available?

I've seen electric vac pumps, etc... But I'm not really sure on this.

I mean, the car isnt THAT torn apart, I can have it up in about 2 hours drivable just for someone else to discharge it. But if I can avoid a charge for labor, and invest it into tools, I'd rather that. Though I'm not sure what I'd do with all that refridgerant. ^-^;

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This won't help much. Yes, it's illegal to discharge the A/C into the atmosphere. Some have change the timing belt without discharging the A/C, some have had it captured into the proper container while doing the timing belt. It probably make it easier to move the A/C lines. My dealer discharged it but it was all inclusive of the total price set before the job began.
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I worked around it and did not discharge the system
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I worked around it and did not discharge the system
Could you still jack the engine up?
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You can always bring it into a shop and have them evacuate it and fill it later. More money more money. I did see a youtube where a guy shows you how to do it without disconnecting the a/c. You can google it and it should come up. Hope you're not sensitive to 4 letter words though.

Good luck you're a better man than me. When it's time I'm bringing mine in and pay the ridiculous cost. It is a Bitch of a job. Make sure you give yourself a good day or two to do it. NOT a 5 minute job.

Good Luck let us know how you make out!

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Yes, up and down several times. Its a little tight getting the top engine torque strut out and the middle mount bracket. But with some patience I was able too. I do think that some written procedures in manuals are to minimize time. Most flat rate mechanics only get so much time to do a job and make rate. So, some shortcuts to save time and get stuff out of the way rather than monkey around may be taken and not necessary.

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