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Old 01-07-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default A/C Charging Question

When I got my car back, my mechanic had never recharged the A/C system. Would I be able to fill it with the cans of refrigerant from the parts store or does it have to go to a person with a special machine?

I know some people will say to go back to the mechanic and have him do it, but I'd really rather stay away from him, as more stuff was wrong with my car when I got it back than there was when I first took it to him.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #2
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Well from what I know(What we have in Canada and I'd assume in the US) the cans are a mix of refrigeration and propane they may do the job to begin with but it's not really going to stick from what I'm told. I'd just take to to the dealer or a trust mechanic that can properly fill your car with the right amount of refrigerant and oil.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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definitely take it to a mechanic for a proper fill.

they will (or should) put the whole system under vacuum to remove all old refrigerant (and check for leaks), and then refill with the proper amount of refrigerant.

it should cost ~$120 and will be worth it to do it right
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