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Old 06-25-2003, 10:32 PM
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A/C Vacuum Pod Diaphrams -420 SEL ???

After researching past posts on my A/C problem ( blows the majority of the air through the defrost vents instead of the front vents) I right to assume that a tear in the A/C Pod diaphram is the likely culprit or a loose vacuum hose???

Hot as hell here in Vegas...gotta fix my "Tuna Boat" !!!

Is this a DYI weekender or qualified A/C shop fix?

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Old 06-26-2003, 03:15 AM
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Most likely it is the POD, I will say it is a couple of hours DIY job. I did that last weekend, it took me all day but I also took all the AC ducts and blower motor apart to clean it.
The best way to start would be take the ACC console, radio, ashtray and center cosole out. There is a 7 port vaccum switch thing right behing the centeral cosole /ACC button wood trim. It has all the vaccum lines from pods connected to it. You can test all the lines for any vacuum leaks with mighty vacc or by sucking with you mount on it and placing a you tounge to hold the vacuum. Which ever method you prefer, mighty vacc is nice because it also gives you the reading of vacuum on the dial. Based upon which line is not holding the vacumm, you can follow it to the bad pot, you lines could be leaking too. My suggestion would be to change all the rubber L shape connector on the vacuum lines, they usually go bad with age. It will not be a bad idea to replace the PODs or the diaphragm on all the POD since you are there. There are 2 pods (dual chamber) right behind the glove compartment and real easy to access by taking the glove compartment out. The hardest one, even if possible without taking the Dash out, is the center vent pod. Most people change the diaphragm on the center vent in place, it is hard but doable. There is one pod on the drive side way back in the dash and another one on the RHS of the dash.
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Old 06-27-2003, 02:31 AM
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OK...............a pod-hunting, I go!
If nobody hears from me soon.....look in my dash.....can't miss me....I'm the one with the legs dangling from the front vents!!!!

God, I hate taken that stinkin' center console out ...AGAIN!

Still pissed that I haven't fixed the radio from screwing up the harness plugs from the last dismantle on the rear console vent cable repair job!

Ahhhhhhh .......... all for the love of my "Tuna Boat"

Thanks for all your help...great bunch a guys, great site!

p.s. - Love the look and feel of my new Firehawks, makes my old Pirelli Sport Veloce's fell like I was ridin' on concrete tires!!!
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:18 AM
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You don't have to remove the center console for testing, just remove the right side panel.

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