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Aftermath of "mechanic in a can" - Pics included

K_Watson on Thu August 13, 2009 4:13 PM User is offline

Year: 1998
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Prizm
Engine Size: 1.8
Refrigerant Type: R-134a
Country of Origin: United States

This thread is to make beginners aware of the danger of using "Mechanic in a can", so they don't make the same mistake I did.

About a year or so ago, I used "Super Seal" and UV dye to try to find and/or fix a leak in my Prizm's then non-functional A/C. It didn't work. As it turned out the leak was in the compressor shaft seal and was not repairable because of a rusty shaft. I left the system alone until this summer when i did it right.

Moral is: If you have a leak, use a wrench, not a can.

This is what I found today, when I finally opened my old accumulator.

There was even more in the compressor, but I sent it back already. (Core)



Edited: Thu August 13, 2009 at 4:23 PM by K_Watson

TRB on Thu August 13, 2009 4:18 PM User is offlineView users profile

Did you send the compressor back as a warranty item?

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K_Watson on Thu August 13, 2009 4:20 PM User is offline

It was original, so it went as a core to the place I got my Reman.

Prospeeder on Thu August 13, 2009 9:52 PM User is offlineView users profile

Yea that super seal is extra bad. We sell that shit at napa, and when it says it can fix metal leaks, you know its gotta be bad.....

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1990 Pontiac 6000 LE V6
Both have R12 A/C

HECAT on Fri August 14, 2009 8:52 AM User is offline

Nice pic, thanks for posting.

Great example of how the orifice in the J tube is no longer going to supply/meter proper oil flow to the compressor.

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TRB on Fri August 14, 2009 10:07 AM User is offlineView users profile

It is a very good example of what these types of products can do to a system. I'll move this over to the Tip's section later today. I would like to see a response from the types that say they only are trying to help out a single mom with 3 kids when selling this product. Does not look like you would be helping her much when selling this type of product. But that's just one person's opinion on the subject.

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