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Some 97 - 00 GM vehicles undercharged (service bulletin)

Jason1 on Fri June 25, 2004 11:52 AM User is offline

Year: 97 - 00
Make: Buick, Chevr, Olds, Pon
Model: Reg,Cen,MC,Imp,In,GP
Refrigerant Type: R134a

I found this service bulletin while looking at online service manuals for my car. Apparently certain GM vehicles were undercharged when they left the factory. My Helms manual calls for a 30oz charge, but this bulletin is calling for 1.02 kg (2-1/4 lbs) of R134a.

The original posting is here: HVAC Lack of Performance. The URL uses a strange port number so you may not be able to access it through certain company proxy servers. Sorry for the bad cut/paste job...


Document ID # 655009

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HVAC Lack of Performance (Evacuate and Recharge the A/C System) #99-01-38-005
HVAC Lack of Performance (Evacuate and Recharge the A/C System)
1997-2000 Buick Regal

1999 - 2000 Buick Century

1997-2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

2000 Chevrolet Impala

1998-2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue

1998-2000 Pontiac Grand Prix

Condition
Some customers may comment on a lack of expected performance of the air conditioning system in hot humid weather.

Cause
This condition may be caused by an undercharged A/C System. This may have occurred during the vehicle assembly process.

Correction
Service correction procedure for 1997 through 1999 vehicles

Perform the Cooling Insufficient, A/C System Check found in the HVAC section of the appropriate Service Manual. If a condition is identified, make the appropriate repair. If no abnormal condition is identified, proceed to the next step.
Evacuate and recharge the A/C system with 1.02 kg (2-1/4 lbs) of R134a.
Replace the A/C evaporator label with P/N 10442041. This label will allow future service technicians to know at a glance how much refrigerant is required by the system.
Service correction procedure for 2000 model year vehicles.

Chevrolet Impala/Monte Carlo, SOP through VIN Y9133359.

Buick Regal/Century, SOP through VIN Y1101894.

Oldsmobile Intrigue, SOP through VIN YF115332

Pontiac Grand Prix, SOP through VIN YF115332

Perform the Cooling Insufficient, A/C System Check found in the HVAC section of the appropriate Service Manual. If a condition is identified, make the appropriate repair. If no abnormal condition is identified, proceed to the next step.
Evacuate and recharge the A/C system with 1.02 kg (2-1/4 lbs) of R134a.
Replace the A/C evaporator label with P/N 10442041. This label will allow future service technicians to know at a glance how much refrigerant is required by the system.
Service procedure for 2000 model year vehicles within the following VIN breakpoints

Chevrolet Impala/Monte Carlo, VINs Y9133360 through Y9206366.

Buick Regal/Century, VINs Y1101895 through Y1178929.

Oldsmobile Intrigue, VINs YF115333 through YF191330.

Pontiac Grand Prix, VINs YF115333 through YF191329


Important
This group of vehicles had the correct amount of R134a installed at time of manufacture, however, the label was incorrect.


Service procedure for 2000 model year vehicles greater than the following VINs

Chevrolet Impala/Monte Carlo with VINs greater than Y9206366.

Buick Regal/Century with VINs greater than Y1178929.

Oldsmobile Intrigue with VINs greater than YF191330.

Pontiac Grand Prix with VINs greater than YF191329.


Important
These vehicles were produced with the correct amount of R134a and the correct Label.


Inspect/test the A/C system for signs of leaks both visually and with the A/C leak tester used in your service facility.
If a leak is found, perform the recommended repair as outlined in the appropriate Service Manual for the vehicle being serviced.
If no leaks are found, perform the Cooling Insufficient, A/C System Check found in the HVAC sub-section of the appropriate Service Manual. If a condition is identified, make the appropriate repair. If no abnormal condition is identified, the system is operating per design specifications.
Parts Information
Part Name Part Number
Label, 10442041

Parts are currently available from GMSPO.

Warranty Information
For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:

Labor Operation Description Labor Time
D4702 HVAC System Check 0.6 hr*

This is a unique Labor Operation Number for use only with this bulletin. This number will not be published in the Labor Time Guide.

*The 0.6 hr includes the time required to install the new label. If an evacuate and recharge was required, add 0.9 hr to the base time for Evacuating and Recharging the HVAC system.

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