Check on the Firewall passenger side should indicate what type of freon it
takes R-12 or R-134a the newer stuff. Usually the fittings for R-12 are
threaded and R134a are quick release like an air hose. I strongly recommend
you take it to a air condition shop for an inspection and recharge. Does not
take much to damage this air condition system which could cost you upwards
of $1,000 or more to fix I know I had it repaired costing me just slightly
over $1,000 for compete new system.
It usually costs under $100.00 to refill about $ 60 per lb if it is R-12
considerably less if it is R134a if it is a R-12 system they can convert it
to R-134a for a minimal price R-134a is not quite as cold but works OK.
Raining in Phoenix today is a cool 96 degrees.
Guess I do not need the Air today but may before the day is over.
Hope this helps I have seen many try to recharge their own some successful
others had to pay a bundle to repair it.
Just depends on your skill level and the risk you want to take.
Also depends on where you live if you break it here in Phoenix you basically
need to fix it right away as the temperature in your car will exceed 150
Good Luck! Hope this helps you make the decision that works best for you.
I will have to examine my firewall. I did notice earlier, I do believe it
has the QD connection. My skill level should be high enough, until recently
I worked in the instrumentation department in a nuclear facility, but I am
sure I can still break it. I had noticed a kit with 134a that appeared to
fit the QD but I did not know if this was a universal fitting on all the
systems. You have been most helpful.
Only about 90 degrees here in KY but the humidity is dreadfully high.
I have a 95.5 Rodeo (95 rodeo with a 96 interior and dual airbags,
basically) and mine came from the factory with R-12 but was later retrofit
with the r134a.. likely yours also has the R-12...
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