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ernestrp 05-26-07 06:46 PM

Re-charging your Car Air conditioner?
I was in a K-mart three weeks ago and they had a big display of re-charger kits for your vehicle AC. Has anyone done this? My vehicle is technically 8 years old and the AC still works but dont know if I should mess with it or have it done by the dealer or just leave it alone since it still works.


Sonicflood 05-26-07 06:54 PM

If it aint broke, don't fix it!

Altimus Prime 05-26-07 06:55 PM

Originally Posted by Sonicflood
If it aint broke, don't fix it!

Agreed. My car is 7 years old and my ac still works fine.

I keep wondering if it will quit some day. But until then, I won't worry about it. I'll probably have a new car before it goes anyway - or maybe a horse, what with gas prices and all.

4KRG 05-26-07 08:10 PM

You need a chiltons or simliar manual for your car and an infrared thermometer

The manual will have instructions as to how long to run the AC and at what RPM and then take a temperature read at the vent to see if it is OK.

If you pass the vent temp test, no need to mess with it. It is simple to check.

There is a fill valve (again the manual will show you where), it really is as simple as connect the refill can and it fills itself.

greg9x 05-26-07 09:30 PM

This must be for newer style refrigerant... thought had to have a license for the old school stuff theses days....

GMan2819 05-26-07 10:38 PM

The manufacturer of those kits, Interdynamics, has instructional videos on their site

ernestrp 05-27-07 06:38 AM

Originally Posted by Sonicflood
If it aint broke, don't fix it!

Thats what I have heard before. I guess I will just leave it alone. The Ford I had before this vehicle only lasted 3 summers before the AC died. It was recharged the during the 3rd summer and the next next spring it was dead.


Sonicflood 05-27-07 08:42 AM

Unless you have a leak or had AC work done, there is NO reason to recharge your AC system. It's a closed (sealed) system.

It's not a maintenance item like changing your oil at specific intervals.

Also, you don't need an infrared thermometer to measure the vent temp. A standard pocket thermometer will work just fine.

mather 05-30-07 10:58 AM

14 years here, still going strong, as strong as 14 years of use can be, I guess. I say leave it be.

imperator505 05-30-07 11:09 AM

Originally Posted by ernestrp
My vehicle is technically 8 years old...


ernestrp 05-30-07 03:11 PM

Originally Posted by imperator505

It was a 1999 they had leftover in June 2000 so I have only had it 7 years. I got like 4,000.00 off the sticker price and it was the very last 1999 they had on the lot. It did have a few hundred miles on it though.


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