Engine Size: 1,6
Refrigerant Type: 134
Ambient Temp: ??
Pressure Low: ??
Pressure High: ??
Country of Origin: United States
My A/C been good and cold for about 11 years. Last summer it started to blow just just warm air. So I got it fixed at this mom and pop shop I've been going there for a few years for oil and mufflers,brakes. They replaced the condenser, receiver, dryer and did a recharge it cost around 500$ it was good again for that summer last year.
This summer in the mid-west the tried the A/C not working again. I brought it back to the same shop and this time it was the in and out valves he replaced thats what he called it the problem then he had to do another recharge and the total this time was like 150$. It worked good for like 3 weeks I want to say and now it's blowing warm air again.
Should I bring it back to that shop for them to look at it again or bring it to the Honda dealer and have them look at it ? are they better trained for A/C work and have better tools to check the A/C system at the Honda dealer to dectet what the actully problem is ?
I'm not necessarily angry that I spent already 650$ and it's still broken I don't mind spending more money to fix again either I just want the A/C to work like new again and keep working. I only have 150,000 miles on the the car and it has new tires. I'd like to keep the car for a few more years. I actully thought maybe trading it in for a new one but I don't want a new car payment. Do you guys think it's dumb to even fix the A/C on a 14 year old car would you bother ?
There s guy at my work says that once the A/C goes on a car it can never be fixed and be reliable like it once was... so is that statment hold any truth ? Can it be fix and be good for at least 5 years solid years ? If you guys do suggest for me to go the dealership do the parts I've mention already that been changed would Honda want maybe to change them again ? Anyway the 64,000$ question is back to the shop or bring it to the dealer ? I know at the dealer worst case scenario it could cost up close to a 1000$ you think ?
It appears the system is loosing refrigerant. The source of this leakage must be located and repaired. The 'in and out' valves, it is assumed that these are the Schrader valves. Sure hope so....in and out valves...mufflers....breaks.....oil changes.....not to sure this matches AC repair or not.....sorry....just my sick humor.
Have the system fully charged, using the correct equipment....test to insure the fans are functioning, esp the AC condenser fan. It could be a simple release of refrigerant due to lack of condenser cooling. Insure that the system is totally leak free.....this does appear to be a case of having a leak and not locating and repairing as necessary.
It is felt that your friends statement lacks a great deal of validity. Have repaired many systems and have seen customers receive acceptable service for many years. A major contributor to a failed repaired system is taking short cuts or not fully evaluating the system after it has been repaired. It is felt that this is the probable cause of your problem.
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Leaks out in 3 weeks should be relatively easy to find, if he has a leak detector. The dealer won't have any better magic way to find leaks than a properly equipped independent shop would also have. There are two main ways to find leaks: electronic detectors and UV dye. UV dye must be added to the system beforehand as it only comes out while the system is fully charged and running. If you were running dye, it can then be seen using a blacklight.
Do not let anyone talk you into using a "stop leak" compound. It doesn't work, and it will ruin your system. Find the leak and replace the leaky part.
Edited: Mon June 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM by mk378
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