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AC conversion cost.


gvr4ever
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804006 posted 06/20/09 10:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
How much should a proper AC conversion cost? I noticed today my AC felt a tad weak. I can probably use it for a few more months, maybe the rest of the year, but I suspect it is my last summer for sure. It is all original. Can I make some cash off the original coolant? I've heard it's valuable, but I don't really know.

Anyone on this forum in or near Indiana that does this?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804008 posted 06/20/09 10:13 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
my ac gets colder after a while . did you try a recharge? maybe your compressor is weak?


btw sorry for a short thread jack. where is the compressor?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804010 posted 06/20/09 10:25 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
If I knew where to get R12, it would cost a lot. It was only in the high 80s, but high humidity. The other day if felt much cooler on longer drives. Ya, recycling the air over a long drive helps, but I can tell, it's getting weaker.

Not so sure about the AC compressor, but seeing the whole system is original, I'd imagine I have developed a small leak some place.

Anyone know how to find a leak at home? DIY....



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804146 posted 06/21/09 04:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The compressor is located near the firewall on the drivers side under the intake manifold. The belt is driven directly from the crank pulley.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804174 posted 06/21/09 08:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting gvr4ever:

If I knew where to get R12, it would cost a lot. It was only in the high 80s, but high humidity. The other day if felt much cooler on longer drives. Ya, recycling the air over a long drive helps, but I can tell, it's getting weaker.

Not so sure about the AC compressor, but seeing the whole system is original, I'd imagine I have developed a small leak some place.

Anyone know how to find a leak at home? DIY....



ebay for r12
And a leak kit to find leaks, consists of oil with dye in it, some specail glasses and a special flashlight, look around online or locally, they can be real handy, usually ya can buy the die for ac/oil/ trans etc



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804186 posted 06/21/09 09:18 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
ur better off just buying the R-134a conversion fittings if u still have the original R12 fittings. Pretty much all places will not refill R-12 anymore and nor will u get any money for what u have left in the system. I would just go to your local parts store and im pretty sure u can buy the A/C dye and glasses which u will add to your system and the leaks will show up green(i think its green, be awhile) Fix any leaks u have if there are any. Once everything is ready to go i would recommend adding some PAG oil or what the correct compressor oil is for our compressors and then fill the system up with R-134A and it should work great



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 804225 posted 06/21/09 11:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
+1 for the 134a conversion

R-12 is way to expensive. i think the epa has something like a $99 tax on it per 5 pounds or something? 134 is much cheaper and works better. Whatever you do don't buy the stuff with stop leak and all that bs in it. It does bad things to receiver/driers and expansion valves and such.

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