I recently fixed a leak in my car's AC system and, prior to evacuating it in order to recharge it with fresh refrigerant, I looked to replace the dryer as recommended. I could not locate a dryer in my car's AC circuit after tracing everything starting from the compressor and back.
I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza (non-turbo). I was also able to get a copy of this model's factory service manual. Nowhere in the manual is a mention of a dryer in the AC system.
My question is, is it really possible to have an AC system without a dryer? Does a complete evacuation obviate the need for one on the assumption that you've removed all the moisture in the system?
Thanks in advance.