Does anybody know if the Accords from '98 - '02 have a "sight glass"
anywhere in the A/C lines to visually check the R-134a level without
gauges? My previous Accord, a '92, had one on the receiver-drier but
that was an R-12 system. I found what looks to be the receiver-drier on
my '02 (small cylinder in front of the radiator, has A/C lines going in
and out as well as an electrical connection, probably to shut off the
compressor if the R-134a pressure is too high or low, but no sight glass
Also, are the "stop-leak" compounds offered in some varieties of R-134a
really effective at all? In this case I suspect a pinhole leak
somewhere since the performance of the A/C has deteriorated gradually
over the last 3 months or so (43K miles at present, no visible damage to
any of the lines). If so I'm tempted to do a DIY charging job with the
gauge set rather than pay $75 or more just for the diagnostic.
Any advice appreciated -
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