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Old 06-09-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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Where should I take my truck? AC blows cold once freon is in, but it only stays in the system for about 3-4 days and then it's all gone. I want to take it somewhere that I can trust because it could be a simple $200 job or one where they replace everything for $1200. It would be easy for a place to just say it all needs to be replaced because I wouldn't know any better. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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You have a leak somewhere in the system,..a visual inspection can be done by looking for wet spots on hoses and underside of hood. If no wet spots are visible, a leak detector (sniffer) will need to be done to the system to find the leak. If it leaks out in 3-4 days, its a big leak.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:49 PM
 
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Well yeah I knew that. I don't have a sniffer and can't see anything visible and even if I did, I don't have the tools to fix it, hence my question. I'd be putting my trust in a shop and need to know of a good one.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Tricity
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What part of town?
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:57 PM
 
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I live over by 1604 and 281 but that's not as important as finding a trustworthy place.
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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Hollywood Park automotive at 281/Thousand Oaks. Bert has been working on my cars for years. Honest as they come. I had a BMW that the dealership told me would cost thousands to fix the A/C problem. Bert did it with a $5 part and labor. I also had my Yukon in there recently for a rear A/C issue. Found the cheapest, but most effective, fix without having to replace the compressor.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Hoover, AL
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Hollywood Park Automotive does have a great reputation.

Another option: I just had my A/C worked on at Cornerstone Automotive on Blanco near the Bitters intersection. They were very reasonably priced and professional.

They've worked on it twice actually--once a couple of years ago when something electrical went wrong. It was a simple, relatively inexpensive fix, but they could have easily told us we needed the whole thing replaced--we wouldn't have known the diff.

Just last week we did have to have the compressor replaced. We got two estimates--one was $1500 (Belden's on 281) and Cornerstone was $984. Pretty big difference. Plus, we weren't really comfortable w/ Belden's because they didn't spend as much time listening and trying to diagnose the problem.


Good luck!
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