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Old 08-16-2019, 04:37 PM   #1
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Here comes the AC!!!

Alright ladies and gentlemen, Iím going to do my AC this next weekend. I might end up with some swing shifts along with my graves. Graves- itís 75 on the way to work and about 65-70 on the way home, swing- heat of the day on the way in, around 110-115. That said, I need to get it going. Iím going to start with having it evacuated at a shop to see if it holds a vacuum. If she does, Iíll go ahead and charge it myself (shops arenít cheap here). Now, I have no backstory on how long itís been down or what went wrong, or even if itís just due to being 18 years old. That said, any trouble spots or equipment that I should replace other than orfice tube and maybe some o-rings if she leaks?


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Old 08-16-2019, 07:16 PM   #2
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Well the first thing I'm going to say is, because I've ran the equipment used to evacuate refrigerant. It's the same machine you use to recharge it, so I can't imagine it being any more expensive financially other than the cost for refrigerant which is basically not jack.
After you do the vacuum check with the machine you then do the recharge.
It's very hard to say what to check without hooking up pressure gauges to it and stuff like that.
I have a 2010, my Brother has a 2005 and he did get a leak in the hose by the compressor. I can't speak for a 2001.

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Old 08-17-2019, 10:24 AM   #3
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So, the reason for charging myself is cost. Here in commiefornia, the amount required will be about $80, plus core charge on the cans. However, if I do it at work, the refrigerant is free, but, the equipment is no longer on site, just the refrigerant.


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So, the reason for charging myself is cost. Here in commiefornia, the amount required will be about $80, plus core charge on the cans. However, if I do it at work, the refrigerant is free, but, the equipment is no longer on site, just the refrigerant.


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That's crazy I understand now.

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Yeah. Pretty crappy state.


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So how are you going to properly charge it? Draw a vacuum, add appropriate amount of oil, add refrigerant??? If they pull two pounds of refrigerant out of your system, and you drive off with your system empty you're essentially "gifting" them two pounds of refrigerant..... Better find out how much oil they recovered as well.....
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So how are you going to properly charge it? Draw a vacuum, add appropriate amount of oil, add refrigerant??? If they pull two pounds of refrigerant out of your system, and you drive off with your system empty you're essentially "gifting" them two pounds of refrigerant..... Better find out how much oil they recovered as well.....


I was planning on doing it the same way as the f150 and Sti. Replace orfice tube, vacuum, charge with factory oil and refrigerant requirement. As of right now, on a cheapo gauge, it shows flatlined no pressure. So I have reason to believe that there is more than likely nothing in it. But, only time will tell. Probably going to do this Friday, donít have much time till then.


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Well, had it evacuated. Upon the ďtechĒ hooking up his manifold, it was just below the threshold to get the pressure switch to activate the clutch. Got it refilled, itís sitting at 40psi with compressor on, ac is cold, but not freezing. Not sure if I should tempt fate and try to get some more in there. Itís to the point that driving in the day will be fairly decent. But I think before messing with more refrigerant, I need to replace the blower motor and wheel. It sounds like a coyote in a trash compactor. But, for now itís no rush, still on graves so the drive in with windows down is fairly chill. I might even just keep driving her how she is, I came across an SVT on Craigslist close to me, visually itís in great condition, very clean, but, no compression in cylinder 1, or might have been 4, Iíd have to read the ad again. Heís asking 1500 for it. Iíd have to buy it and fix it without selling the zx3 as I still need transportation to work and the truck costs just too much to drive it like that. Hmm, decisions.


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it’s sitting at 40psi with compressor on
Who refilled it? Sounds fishy because 40 psi doesn't mean anything. You need to know what the low and high side pressure readings are.

If you're refilling with those crappy ass freon recharge cans with a low-side gauge that the parts stores sell, you're doing it wrong. Them things are trash sold to people that don't know any better. That said, Autozone is known to loan a manifold gauge set that you can use to do it properly. Doing it that way, you won't be tempting fate, it's either properly charged or it isn't.

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I partially agree with that but I guarantee you I can give you ice cold AC off one of those gauges. I operated the machines I have my AC license. I have a proper gauge set and vacuum pump in my garage. Experience is a beautiful thing.

The biggest mistake people make is overfilling. I find most Vehicles when you get a steady 30 PSI on the low side just go ahead and stop there. If you don't know what you're doing playing with the high side can seriously hurt you.

I wouldn't be surprised if you actually have a little bit too much in there, but there's no way of knowing unless you have a high side reading as well.
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