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Use of ICE 32 in an R-12 system?

monteperformance on Fri May 07, 2010 4:42 PM User is offline

Year: 1987
Make: Buick
Model: Regal
Engine Size: 3.8
Refrigerant Type: R-12

My system needs to be recharged and I have R-12, a new accumulator, and orfice tube that I intend to install. I am going to replace whatever oil that comes out of the old accumulator. I understand that I can use Ester oil, but the only Ester oil I can find in the local stores has ICE-32 additive in it. This is the actual product I bought: "SPAM" Can I use this in my R-12 system? If not what should I use for oil.

Thanks.

Edited: Fri May 07, 2010 at 5:03 PM by Automotive Air Conditioning Information Moderator

HECAT on Sat May 08, 2010 6:14 AM User is offline

use mineral oil

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monteperformance on Sat May 08, 2010 12:48 PM User is offline

Is there a certain type of mineral oil I should use? Any idea where to buy it? Thanks.

TRB on Sat May 08, 2010 1:41 PM User is offlineView users profile

41-50000 Mineral Oil for auto a/c compressors.

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Edited: Mon May 10, 2010 at 9:40 AM by TRB

monteperformance on Mon May 10, 2010 9:28 AM User is offline

Link didn't work?

TRB on Mon May 10, 2010 9:40 AM User is offlineView users profile

Fixed the link.

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chris142 on Tue May 11, 2010 10:05 PM User is offline

What exactly is that ICE32 stuff and how is it supposed to do it?

HECAT on Wed May 12, 2010 10:15 AM User is offline

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Originally posted by: chris142
What exactly is that ICE32 stuff and how is it supposed to do it?

The million dollar question.

Its based on "Thermolube" from the Shrieve Chemical Group. The composition is of course a well guarded proprietary blend.

I understand lubricant enhancers and additive packages are already in the OE spec refrigerant oils. The OE spec comes from the compressor manufacturers spec; and if more was better, would it not already be in there?

I do suspect the claims that such an additive can rejuvenate worn metal surfaces and lower vent temps, to be somewhat marketing hyped. I don't think that it will do any considerable harm, but I also believe that it will not produce any benefit either.

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TRB on Wed May 12, 2010 10:52 AM User is offlineView users profile

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Originally posted by: HECAT
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Originally posted by: chris142
What exactly is that ICE32 stuff and how is it supposed to do it?



The million dollar question.



Its based on "Thermolube" from the Shrieve Chemical Group. The composition is of course a well guarded proprietary blend.



I understand lubricant enhancers and additive packages are already in the OE spec refrigerant oils. The OE spec comes from the compressor manufacturers spec; and if more was better, would it not already be in there?



I do suspect the claims that such an additive can rejuvenate worn metal surfaces and lower vent temps, to be somewhat marketing hyped. I don't think that it will do any considerable harm, but I also believe that it will not produce any benefit either.

That pretty much sums up my opinion on ICE32.



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