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Old 04-02-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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Question AC leak repair question - how much did you spend and how many times did you need to go back to the mechanic?

This is assuming that the problem was just a leak rather than a dead compressor or some other parts problem.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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I have a slow leak and I add one can of freon every 12 months... Cost Approx $5.00...

It's been leaking for around five years.... And it's that time again... It's still cooling but I can tell it's low....
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:23 PM
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I have a slow leak and I add one can of freon every 12 months... Cost Approx $5.00...

It's been leaking for around five years.... And it's that time again... It's still cooling but I can tell it's low....
Yeah but Zhang Fei might not believe you--he is starting multiple threads.

Put a can of R134a in your car--you paranoid one
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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I had an a/c compressor leak once to thepoint where it wouldn't hold a charge past a week.

$900 later I had a new compressor, lines, drier, refrigerant....I was set.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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I had an a/c compressor leak once to thepoint where it wouldn't hold a charge past a week.

$900 later I had a new compressor, lines, drier, refrigerant....I was set.
I've had that done too...on my wifes car...

Come to find out it was just the front seal and could have been fixed for about $250.

I still have that compressor....

I know now that my neighbor is an old auto AC repairman..

He's the one that told me to just keep adding the freon until it wouldn't hold any longer...
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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134a doubled in price from last year, it's now around $10-$15/can depending on where you buy it. Definitely not a cheap fix anymore to just add a can or two every few months.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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This is assuming that the problem was just a leak rather than a dead compressor or some other parts problem.
"Just a leak" can indeed involve a major repair; in fact "just a leak" frequently means a bad condenser.

I've had two condensers go on me recently. One cost me $600 to replace, the other $700. In both cases it was done right the first time because I took them both to the same shop that specializes A/C repair. $600-$700 may seem expensive but I reckon that's about the difference in resale value between a car with functioning and non-functioning A/C, so once the repair needed to be done, it was a wash as to whether it was "worth it" to do it or not. And as long as it's a wash, I'm gonna pick the option that keeps me comfy during the summer.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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Condensers are easy and cheap to replace, it's the evaporators in the inside of the car that are expensive due to labor. Condensers are mounted directly on the radiator.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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134a doubled in price from last year, it's now around $10-$15/can depending on where you buy it. Definitely not a cheap fix anymore to just add a can or two every few months.
Ouch.....I think I still have a can or two in the garage.... I'll check tomorrow....Put off the pain....
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I havent used my a/c in over 5 yrs. On my 90 Tbird the main unit is going out plus it leaks. On my 85 olds it needs to be recharged with freon & oil. I have the old system so its not going to be cheap. Its really hot here from july-sept so i just gotta suck it up for 3 months. At least my pwr windows work on my olds unlike my Tbird.
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