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A/C Refrigerant Recharge

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A/C Refrigerant Recharge

Tried the Red Tek A/C Refrigerant Recharge kit from Can Tire and it worked on my 10 year old car. The A/C was blowing out warm/hot air on the driver's side. It's been like that for about two years.

I wouldn't try it on a newer car, but worth a shot on an older car. Figured I would try this before handing over buckets of cash to a licensed A/C garage.
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It works until it leaks back out. It's a quick temporary fix. Refrigerant doesn't just go away in a sealed system. There is a leak.
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Anikiri wrote: It works until it leaks back out. It's a quick temporary fix. Refrigerant doesn't just go away in a sealed system. There is a leak.
Thanks, I didn't want to write such a long post, but I guess it would help clarify things a bit...

You're correct, there is likely a slow leak, since it's still working. I wanted to try the cheap, relatively easy fix first before getting a mechanic involved and swapping out parts, etc. There is also a leak sealer, in a can, if necessary.

If this cheap fix lasts for the summer, that's fine, since it is over 10 years old. Not about to drop hundreds on a daily commuter car.

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I have done the same thing as well on a 25 year old vehicle....works fine.
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Just and FYI if you have a freon leak it's illegal to top it up. Environmental concern. Rather not breath air that's even more polluted than it currently is.
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nasa25 wrote: Just and FYI if you have a freon leak it's illegal to top it up. Environmental concern. Rather not breath air that's even more polluted than it currently is.
Hmm!! Just top it up yourself with the aftermarket stuff which is like $10-$20 a bottle, depending where you buy it, or spend hundreds of dollars for a mechanic to try and find the leak and fix it? Especially when you have an old car that's 10+ years old. Makes more economical sense to just top it up and try the leak stop or leak seal with it.
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RCML27 wrote: Hmm!! Just top it up yourself with the aftermarket stuff which is like $10-$20 a bottle, depending where you buy it, or spend hundreds of dollars for a mechanic to try and find the leak and fix it? Especially when you have an old car that's 10+ years old. Makes more economical sense to just top it up and try the leak stop or leak seal with it.
Yeah I know it makes more economical sense but if you're constantly having to top it up its a pretty substantive environmental concern. Economic term for it is externality.
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nasa25 wrote: Just and FYI if you have a freon leak it's illegal to top it up. Environmental concern. Rather not breath air that's even more polluted than it currently is.
The refrigerant from the kit is not freon; only a licensed mechanic or licensed A/C person can refill the freon.
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Oatmeal wrote: The refrigerant from the kit is not freon; only a licensed mechanic or licensed A/C person can refill the freon.
Ah ok. I guess if it's not environmentally hazardous then it should be all good.
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