AC Reciever/Drier (Accumulator) Replacement

Tiny
ADAM MEYER2
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  • 2012 FORD MUSTANG
  • 5.0L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,000 MILES
Thanks for the fantastic condenser replacement video! It was a great help doing my AC Compressor replacement, but now I am on what seems like a snipe hunt for the Receiver/Drier (Accumulator) in order to replace it and finish my repairs while the system is still evacuated. Can you guys point me to where it is located on a 2012 Mustang GT, and suggest the best method of access and replacement?
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 10:25 AM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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See pics for instructions. Drain oil out of old drier and put same amount of pag oil in. It's by the radiator don't forget to oil O-rings prior to install and evac for at least 15 minutes.
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 1:00 PM
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WRENCHTECH
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If you just replaced the condenser you either got a new one with the condenser or you transferred the old one to the new condenser.
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 3:30 PM
Tiny
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HMAC300 - Thanks for the awesome reply! However, now I'm a bit more confused, as the new OEM part I have to replace it with looks like this. Any insight?
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 4:11 PM
Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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You have the wrong part. That is an accumulator which is used on an orifice tube system. Your system uses an expansion valve and therefore a receiver dryer. HMAC gave you the correct diagram.
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 4:16 PM
Tiny
HMAC300
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Rock auto shows 2 different part numbers the one you have and the correct one. This shold be what you need. MOTORCRAFT YF3538 #AR3Z19C836A
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 5:15 PM
Tiny
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HMAC300 and WRENCHTECH, thanks for coming back so fast. It seems like what HMAC is saying about there being 2 different listed compatible parts is correct, based on some independent feedback from a Ford Master Tech that got back to me later this evening. Visual inspection of my vehicle following the diagram provided did confirm the accuracy and correctness of HMAC300's response - so it's another trip back to the parts house with a bit more knowledge in tow.

The good news is that this will be a comparatively easy R&R, followed by a vaccuum and recharge, so it's all downhill from here!

Thanks again to you both for the awesome assistance - much appreciated!
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 AT 7:08 PM

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