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help replacing A/C compressor

I am getting ready to replace my A/C compressor, sounds like something is broken in it so it needs to be fixed (sounds like a truck when I accelerate with it on). I got the unit, but it said I needed a filter drier unit and an expansion unit (or something like that). I looked at the parts and I don't know if I really need them or if they are even installed in my car. I will try and get some pics up to show you the two pieces I am talking about. If anyone could tell me where or if I need them, that would be a big help.
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Yes kdb you really need to install a new filter drier and an expansion valve when you replace a compressor. All cars have them when you have air. Also the system needs to be vacuumed to get the moisture out. Have it done by a ac mechanic.
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Sorry for the late reply, been so busy I haven't had a chance to work on it. I already had the system discharged.

Can only tell me where the filter drier and expansion valve are on a 3.5 L? My repair manual has nothing regarding these two items, all it talks about it how to remove and install the compressor.
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Sorry for the late reply, been so busy I haven't had a chance to work on it. I already had the system discharged.

Can only tell me where the filter drier and expansion valve are on a 3.5 L? My repair manual has nothing regarding these two items, all it talks about it how to remove and install the compressor.
The filter/drier is mounted on the passenger side strut tower, up under the cowl. It is a cylinder shaped aluminum part. The expansion valve is about 4 inches to the right of it, mounted against the firewall. It is a square aluminum block with two lines going to it.
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The filter/drier is mounted on the passenger side strut tower, up under the cowl. It is a cylinder shaped aluminum part. The expansion valve is about 4 inches to the right of it, mounted against the firewall. It is a square aluminum block with two lines going to it.
Please tell me I can get to it without removing the Premium Intake system. I have already replaced the gaskets twice (once because of a leak, and again when I replaced the spark plugs). The plastic intake isn't a problem, and I am sure I will need to remove that.
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Please tell me I can get to it without removing the Premium Intake system. I have already replaced the gaskets twice (once because of a leak, and again when I replaced the spark plugs). The plastic intake isn't a problem, and I am sure I will need to remove that.
The plenum doesnt have to come off. Just the intake piping from the air filter box to the throttle body. No replacement gaskets will be needed.
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