Late last week, the refrigerant control valve for my Ford Five Hundred arrived. Today, I called the shop and they said to bring it over and they'd install it tomorrow. I figured that I could drop the car off this afternoon, so I did. I explained to the boss how the install worked, having studied the YouTube videos on the subject in the absence of actual written instructions. He thought it sounded pretty simple and handed it off to one of the shop mechanics.
So they evacuated the A/C system, removed the plate that covers the valve, removed the old valve and cleaned out the valve chamber, installed the new valve, replaced the cover plate, and recharged the freon in the system. And now
the A/C produces cold air at idle. :) The whole repair cost just over $200 including the freon recharge.
I never would have figured this out if sweetmusic_27
hadn't been out shopping for a new used car which led to me doing some browsing about Five Hundreds. Some things just work out... :)