What country are you in ? I know in the US you can get your old system
serviced and refilled or you can get your system retro-fitted with the new
coolant. It just depends on how long you want to keep the car , how much you
want to pay and if you can live without A/C...I know with my '88 Tempo that
when the A/C died I opted to live without it...I lived in Michigan and it
really didn't get that hot with a white car and the windows left down because
no one would steal it anyway...as far as costs you'd have to call around.
Your vehicle can be quite easily retrofitted for the new more
environmentally friendly coolant at any reputable AC shop for
around $150. For the record, freon can still be used but the
cost is prohibitive because of the taxes added to the product to
discourage its use.
Legally you should not be filling any system with a known leak
regardless of the type of refrigerant your planning to put in. I don't
know why anyone would not want to fix the leak anyhow. Trust me, If
you don't have any experience working with air conditioning systems,
then don't bother buying a kit from Wal Mart. Because:
1. You don't have the equipment to evacuate the system
2. You don't have the equipment to find the leak
3. You don't have the equipment to measure the correct amount of
refrigerant to put in your system.
4. By doing the job wrong you'll most likely be buying a new compressor
5. Most likely you'll get cool but not cold air out of the ducts.
Spend the $100 ~ 150 and enjoy your car.
Just curious, How do you know it's "almost empty" Are you sure your
heater control valve is not leaking hot coolant through the heater
core? Very common on those cars.
By "almost on empty" I meant that it used to work consistently but now
mostly blows heat, but occasionally kicks in for a few moments of cold
before settling in to blowing heat.
No I'm not sure of anything. From my last statement I'm wondering about the
hot coolant leak prospect. From time to time I think (?) I smell a similar
dry smell that rolls off an refrigerator or deep freeze
Time for a service call?
Google says Wolfman (or is it Bubba?) is in Duncan, on Vancouver Island.
Lots of regulations here. Crack open a perfectly functioning R-12 system for
any reason, it can't be refilled, it must be converted, or capped and disabled.
Here in British Columbia, it is now illegal to charge or recharge any motor
air conditioner (MVAC) - new or old - with CFCs. This is a requirement of
BC's Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation.
Motor vehicle air conditioners not to be charged
or recharged with an ozone depleting substance
19 A person must not charge or recharge a motor vehicle air conditioner
with an ozone depleting substance.
My "point" is that Wolfman is in fact in Canada, so it is in fact illegal for him
to have it refilled with R-12, and I cited a couple of "official" references
links for Wolfman or anyone else who might have wanted to read them.
Do you have some kind of new problem with that, or just your usual?
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