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Hello all -

I'm in the process of dismanteling my Tacoma and i'm now at the point were I need to address the AC system. What's the best way to discharge the system? What should the refrigerant be drained into? How should it be disposed of? I know the system has high and low pressure lines - where and how should each be addressed? Any advice on the safest way to take care of this would be most definitely appreciated!

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The best way to remove the refridgerant is to take it to a shop that has a recovery machine. Otherwise you are going to have to let it go into the atmosphere--definitely not an EPA recommended procedure.
 

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Find one of those ads in the paper that say $19.99 A/C tune up*. Evacuate, test for leaks, and recharge. *Refrigerant extra. Then tell them that you don't want it recharged.
You'll end up spending a lot more than that to buy an AC manifold and vacuum pump to safely evacuate your entire system. You can get serious freezer burn on your hands if you try it your self without the proper tools and I wouldn't want to mess with the high pressure side, good way to loose a finger.
 

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Good advice, to properly get the refrigerant out (with out venting) you most have a recovery unit and tank. Al though some people just left the stuff into the atmosphere.. By the way VENTING if caught is a $50,000 fine and a $10,000 reward to anyone who turns the person in.. But if u do decide to vent it make sure u wear glove because you can very easly get frostbite. So i would bring it to a shop... What are you planning to do to the system??? Just drain it and recharge it, if so there is no need to evacuated the system. That is olny required if the swstem has been opened up or if there wasa leak and the system was running in a VACCUM ( not likley on an r134a system)...
If you haave any more questions post up..
 
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