Lowering engine cradle/subframe

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Old 08-14-17, 07:10 PM
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Lowering engine cradle/subframe

2006 Ford Taurus AC clutch replacement

To gain access to AC clutch, I need to lower subframe by about 4 to 4 1/2". Coolant lines, electrical wires, vacuum hoses, transmission oil lines, etc are no problem. I can disconnect them all. But I cannot disconnect AC lines. As the engine cradle is lowered, the flexible connections (hoses) are stretched on both high and low sides. They are about 10-12" long hoses, very stiff.

Youtube has videos of people lowering subframe for this repair. But I am afraid of damaging AC lines. The photo shows where AC clutch is hiding.
 
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Old 08-15-17, 12:44 PM
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would expect most any shop would evacuate the system and remove the compressor to do any work on it, so the a/c lines would get disconnected not sure if you had the system diagnosed or not but you may want to see a shop for at least evacuation of the system. a/c clutches occasionally go bad but its usually compressor failure that causes them to start slipping and burn up when that happens a new clutch on the same compressor wont last long.
 
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Old 08-15-17, 07:10 PM
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Thank you for the recommendation. I will talk to an AC shop.
 
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