Ford Explorer: Climate Control System - General Information / Removal and Installation - Desiccant Bag - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS)

Ford Explorer 2020-2023 Service Manual / Electrical / Climate Control System / Climate Control System - General Information / Removal and Installation - Desiccant Bag - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS)

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Long Nose Pliers


NOTICE: During the removal of components, cap, tape or otherwise appropriately protect all openings to prevent the ingress of dirt or other contamination. Remove protective materials prior to installation.

NOTE: Installation of a new desiccant bag is not required when repairing the A/C system, except when there is physical evidence of contamination from a failed A/C compressor or damage to the receiver/drier desiccant bag. It is not necessary to add additional dye to the refrigerant system, the new receiver/drier desiccant bag comes with a new dye pellet. Damage to the receiver/drier desiccant bag includes physical damage to the receiver/drier desiccant bag or moisture contamination. Moisture contamination results only from a complete loss of refrigerant and equalization of the refrigerant system pressure with atmospheric pressure for a period longer than one hour. If even a slight amount of positive refrigerant pressure is present in the system before repairs are carried out, the receiver/drier desiccant bag should not be replaced.

NOTE: Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details.

  1. Recover the refrigerant. Refer to the appropriate Recovery procedure in Group 412.
  1. Remove the CAC.
    Refer to: Charge Air Cooler (CAC) (303-12A Intake Air Distribution and Filtering - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS), Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the receiver/drier cap.
  1. Remove the receiver/drier plug and the desiccant bag.
    Use the General Equipment: Long Nose Pliers


  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. NOTICE: Only use the specified material to lubricate the seals.

    Install and lubricate new O-ring seals. Refer to the appropriate Specifications in Group 412.
  1. Lubricate the refrigerant system with the correct amount of clean PAG oil. Refer to the appropriate Refrigerant Oil Adding procedure in Group 412.

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