Air Conditioning recharge cost (at dealership or service center) - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-31-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
boatingfool
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Fan#: 69193
Location: Greencastle, PA
What I Drive: 2002 Red Focus SVT

Posts: 58
FF Reputation: 1 boatingfool Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Air Conditioning recharge cost (at dealership or service center)

So the A/C on my 2002 FSVT isn't as cold as it once was. I figure after 9 years, it is time for a recharge. I know enough about the system to realize adding refrigerant bought in the can may not be the answer. Also, I read the A/C troubleshooting tips (good info, thanks).

My question: What should I expect to pay to have the system vacuumed down and recharged? I don't expect there is a leak, since it still cools, just doesn't blow cold on the hot days. It has never been serviced. The condenser apears to be clean, the compressor is kicking in, and the cooling fan is running (when the car gets warm).

I figure when they vacuum and recharge it, they will sense any leaks if they exist.

Any idea on the cost of a recharge at the dealership or other service center is appreciated.

Thanks,
Vincent


boatingfool is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-31-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
save_HUTCH
Focus Fanatic
 
save_HUTCH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Fan#: 74537
Location: Frederick, but now im in El Paso, TX
What I Drive: 2008 Red Coupe, 1994 Dodge Shadow

Posts: 1,913
FF Reputation: 3 save_HUTCH Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (4)
I dont know about dealer cost but my buddy who has a shop here in El Paso does it for 150. Thats includes all materials and labor.
__________________
Duratec Crew #59
2008 Red Coupe S Mods: Steeda SRI, Massive Strut bar
FSWerks:SCT Tune, 91 OCT, 2.5 inch Race Exhaust, Duratec Engine Cover, Came Wrinkle Black but painted Vermillion Red
2003 VW Golf GTI 20th AE Too many mods!!
save_HUTCH is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 11:00 PM   #3
pr1mus285
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Fan#: 78724
Location: Columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2001 Focus - SE - black

Posts: 56
FF Reputation: 3 pr1mus285 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
you might be able to do this yourself. There are many kits out there that will allow you to recharge the system. check any auto parts store.

The place you need to connect the bottle to is on the left side - take off the left wheel and take out everything that holds the front of the plastic in place.

with the car running and the ac on hight - fill-er up.
pr1mus285 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
misfire
Moderator
 
misfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31379
Location: West Chester, PA
What I Drive: 2012 SEL Hatch, 2014 Mazda CX-5

Posts: 16,048
FF Reputation: 31 misfire Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
im a dealer. its about 170 with tax.
__________________
Will aka Misfire
2010/2011/2012/2013 Ford Master Certified Service Advisor
2003 LX "traded in"/2010 SES "traded in"/2012 SEL Hatch "current"
misfire is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
alex62390
BACON?
 
alex62390's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60434
Location: People's republic massivetwoshits, United States
What I Drive: 2004 svt focus EAP

Posts: 3,170
FF Reputation: 22 alex62390 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
SAAB dealer, 250
__________________
2004 svt focus EAP #658

Former Hatch Nation #08
alex62390 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 07:03 AM   #6
Peregrine
I.S.A.I.K.I.
 
Peregrine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 6009
Location: Wadsworth, IL
What I Drive: '03 CD Silver SVT, '11 Mazda CX-9

Posts: 5,413
FF Reputation: 112 Peregrine Excellent Standing MemberPeregrine Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (23)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pr1mus285 View Post
you might be able to do this yourself. There are many kits out there that will allow you to recharge the system. check any auto parts store.

The place you need to connect the bottle to is on the left side - take off the left wheel and take out everything that holds the front of the plastic in place.

with the car running and the ac on hight - fill-er up.
The actual connection is inside the right wheel well, under the passenger headlight.
Peregrine is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 07:47 AM   #7
Dgc333
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85422
Location: Pembroke, MA
What I Drive: 2012, candy blue, SEL

Posts: 720
FF Reputation: 1 Dgc333 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If the system is still working there is no reason to evacuate it. The only time evacuating is necessary is if the system has been open to atmosphere.

You just need to add the proper amount of refrigerant which can be done with one of the cans from the part store and a hose with a gauge.

FWIW, my pickup has had a slow leak for the past 5-6 years that requires one can of R134 in the spring and is good for the season. I have no intention of doing anything else while a $6 can of R134 fixes it for the summer.
Dgc333 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 07:59 AM   #8
alex62390
BACON?
 
alex62390's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60434
Location: People's republic massivetwoshits, United States
What I Drive: 2004 svt focus EAP

Posts: 3,170
FF Reputation: 22 alex62390 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dgc333 View Post
If the system is still working there is no reason to evacuate it. The only time evacuating is necessary is if the system has been open to atmosphere.
BS. You need to evacuated it to put in the correct amount of refrigerant. Adding a can might work, but its not the correct way to do it. The system wants a pretty specific amount, measured to the gram. Its also good to suck out and replace some of the oil. If you want it fixed, do it the correct way, not the i'm lost and need this real quick. In no way is a can equivalent to a machine.
__________________
2004 svt focus EAP #658

Former Hatch Nation #08
alex62390 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 08:27 AM   #9
misfire
Moderator
 
misfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31379
Location: West Chester, PA
What I Drive: 2012 SEL Hatch, 2014 Mazda CX-5

Posts: 16,048
FF Reputation: 31 misfire Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
Quote:
Originally Posted by alex62390 View Post
bs. You need to evacuated it to put in the correct amount of refrigerant. Adding a can might work, but its not the correct way to do it. The system wants a pretty specific amount, measured to the gram. Its also good to suck out and replace some of the oil. If you want it fixed, do it the correct way, not the i'm lost and need this real quick. In no way is a can equivalent to a machine.
x2!!!
__________________
Will aka Misfire
2010/2011/2012/2013 Ford Master Certified Service Advisor
2003 LX "traded in"/2010 SES "traded in"/2012 SEL Hatch "current"
misfire is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 12:20 PM   #10
Dgc333
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: May 2011
Fan#: 85422
Location: Pembroke, MA
What I Drive: 2012, candy blue, SEL

Posts: 720
FF Reputation: 1 Dgc333 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by alex62390 View Post
BS. You need to evacuated it to put in the correct amount of refrigerant. Adding a can might work, but its not the correct way to do it. The system wants a pretty specific amount, measured to the gram. Its also good to suck out and replace some of the oil. If you want it fixed, do it the correct way, not the i'm lost and need this real quick. In no way is a can equivalent to a machine.
Unless the shop you bring it too insists on doing a full diagnostic leak test which requires the system to be empty before adding any refrigerant they will just hook up there machine and add refrigerant to bring the operating pressures within spec.

You can add refrigerant just as accurately with a gauge and an Autozone can of refrigerant yourself.

The only reason that shops have the machines in the first place was the government made it illegal to vent refrigerant into the atmosphere. The machines have evolved to the point you can hook them up, push a button and walk away which is great for a shop that is trying to maximize profits but it's not the only way to do it.
Dgc333 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:20 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.