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Old 16 Jul 2007, 05:59 pm
overconsolidated@gmail.com
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Default It's HOT and the A/C's out!!

I have a 1994 Honda Accord LX that seems to have a freon leak. At
about this time last year the A/C started making a funny noise and
pretty soon it was blowing hot air alternating with cold air for 30
second intervals. We had the A/C checked out. The mechanic said it
was
low on freon so he refilled it. He said there might be a leak and to
watch it. It worked great all winter and the first half of this
summer.

Well, last week it died again, only this time it went out a lot
quicker. I'm sure there's a leak somewhere in it.


What is the best action at this point? The car is old and has nearly
200,000 miles. I don't want to spend hundreds on it, but it is very
hot now in Utah which makes having no A/C very uncomfortable. I've
seen refill kits in the newspaper adds that claim to have leak
stopping abilities. Do those work?


I would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom.


Thanks

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Old 16 Jul 2007, 07:38 pm
Woody
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Default Re: It's HOT and the A/C's out!!

If it took a year to go down just add a can of coolant and see if it runs
for a while. Or take it in and pay $$$$ to have it fixed. I have had a
couple cars that would bleed off over a year. Worked that way for about 10
years...


<overconsolidated@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>I have a 1994 Honda Accord LX that seems to have a freon leak. At
> about this time last year the A/C started making a funny noise and
> pretty soon it was blowing hot air alternating with cold air for 30
> second intervals. We had the A/C checked out. The mechanic said it
> was
> low on freon so he refilled it. He said there might be a leak and to
> watch it. It worked great all winter and the first half of this
> summer.
>
> Well, last week it died again, only this time it went out a lot
> quicker. I'm sure there's a leak somewhere in it.
>
>
> What is the best action at this point? The car is old and has nearly
> 200,000 miles. I don't want to spend hundreds on it, but it is very
> hot now in Utah which makes having no A/C very uncomfortable. I've
> seen refill kits in the newspaper adds that claim to have leak
> stopping abilities. Do those work?
>
>
> I would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom.
>
>
> Thanks
>



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Old 16 Jul 2007, 10:24 pm
Michael Pardee
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<overconsolidated@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1184626740.914416.67710@m37g2000prh.googlegro ups.com...
>I have a 1994 Honda Accord LX that seems to have a freon leak. At
> about this time last year the A/C started making a funny noise and
> pretty soon it was blowing hot air alternating with cold air for 30
> second intervals. We had the A/C checked out. The mechanic said it
> was
> low on freon so he refilled it. He said there might be a leak and to
> watch it. It worked great all winter and the first half of this
> summer.
>
> Well, last week it died again, only this time it went out a lot
> quicker. I'm sure there's a leak somewhere in it.
>
>
> What is the best action at this point? The car is old and has nearly
> 200,000 miles. I don't want to spend hundreds on it, but it is very
> hot now in Utah which makes having no A/C very uncomfortable. I've
> seen refill kits in the newspaper adds that claim to have leak
> stopping abilities. Do those work?
>
>
> I would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom.
>
>
> Thanks
>
>

In the 1994, is that R-134a refrigerant? If so, the cost of recharging (if
it passes the basic leak test) is probably worth it. I recommend against
trying the DIY recharge kits. It's just too easy to overcharge R-134a and
destroy your compressor. I was proficient at DIY recharging of R-12 systems
but really got spanked when I tried recharging my son's Acura. We shut it
down before damage was done, but only because I was listening carefully for
the beginning of slugging. A pro straightened it out and charged about $90,
which is like the tax on what a compressor replacement would have cost.

If it's R-12, you really have only two choices: take it to a professional
(because you and I can't buy R-12) and pay a couple hundred because the
stuff is so expensive now, or learn the spiritual cleansing properties of
sweating like a pig. Okay, there is another option in an R-134a conversion,
but a proper job is pretty expensive.

Don't put in "alternative" hydrocarbon products like Duracool. It is
dangerous to have flammable fluids in your A/C and is illegal in the US.
Evaporator leaks are not uncommon, and how do you feel about butane leaks
into the passenger compartment?

Mike



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Old 17 Jul 2007, 02:05 am
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On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 20:24:03 -0700, Michael Pardee wrote:

> <overconsolidated@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1184626740.914416.67710@m37g2000prh.googlegro ups.com...
>>I have a 1994 Honda Accord LX that seems to have a freon leak. At
>> about this time last year the A/C started making a funny noise and
>> pretty soon it was blowing hot air alternating with cold air for 30
>> second intervals. We had the A/C checked out. The mechanic said it
>> was
>> low on freon so he refilled it. He said there might be a leak and to
>> watch it. It worked great all winter and the first half of this
>> summer.
>>
>> Well, last week it died again, only this time it went out a lot
>> quicker. I'm sure there's a leak somewhere in it.
>>
>>
>> What is the best action at this point? The car is old and has nearly
>> 200,000 miles. I don't want to spend hundreds on it, but it is very
>> hot now in Utah which makes having no A/C very uncomfortable. I've
>> seen refill kits in the newspaper adds that claim to have leak
>> stopping abilities. Do those work?
>>
>>
>> I would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom.
>>
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>>

> In the 1994, is that R-134a refrigerant? If so, the cost of recharging (if
> it passes the basic leak test) is probably worth it. I recommend against
> trying the DIY recharge kits. It's just too easy to overcharge R-134a and
> destroy your compressor. I was proficient at DIY recharging of R-12 systems
> but really got spanked when I tried recharging my son's Acura. We shut it
> down before damage was done, but only because I was listening carefully for
> the beginning of slugging. A pro straightened it out and charged about $90,
> which is like the tax on what a compressor replacement would have cost.
>
> If it's R-12, you really have only two choices: take it to a professional
> (because you and I can't buy R-12) and pay a couple hundred because the
> stuff is so expensive now, or learn the spiritual cleansing properties of
> sweating like a pig. Okay, there is another option in an R-134a conversion,
> but a proper job is pretty expensive.
>
> Don't put in "alternative" hydrocarbon products like Duracool. It is
> dangerous to have flammable fluids in your A/C and is illegal in the US.
> Evaporator leaks are not uncommon, and how do you feel about butane leaks
> into the passenger compartment?
>
> Mike


1994 is the first year for r134a on Accords (Hondas).
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 08:09 am
mred
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On Jul 16, 11:24 pm, "Michael Pardee" <michaeltn...@cybertrails.com>
wrote:
> <overconsolida...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:1184626740.914416.67710@m37g2000prh.googlegro ups.com...
>
>
>
> >I have a 1994 Honda Accord LX that seems to have a freon leak. At
> > about this time last year the A/C started making a funny noise and
> > pretty soon it was blowing hot air alternating with cold air for 30
> > second intervals. We had the A/C checked out. The mechanic said it
> > was
> > low on freon so he refilled it. He said there might be a leak and to
> > watch it. It worked great all winter and the first half of this
> > summer.

>
> > Well, last week it died again, only this time it went out a lot
> > quicker. I'm sure there's a leak somewhere in it.

>
> > What is the best action at this point? The car is old and has nearly
> > 200,000 miles. I don't want to spend hundreds on it, but it is very
> > hot now in Utah which makes having no A/C very uncomfortable. I've
> > seen refill kits in the newspaper adds that claim to have leak
> > stopping abilities. Do those work?

>
> > I would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom.

>
> > Thanks

>
> In the 1994, is that R-134a refrigerant? If so, the cost of recharging (if
> it passes the basic leak test) is probably worth it. I recommend against
> trying the DIY recharge kits. It's just too easy to overcharge R-134a and
> destroy your compressor. I was proficient at DIY recharging of R-12 systems
> but really got spanked when I tried recharging my son's Acura. We shut it
> down before damage was done, but only because I was listening carefully for
> the beginning of slugging. A pro straightened it out and charged about $90,
> which is like the tax on what a compressor replacement would have cost.
>
> If it's R-12, you really have only two choices: take it to a professional
> (because you and I can't buy R-12) and pay a couple hundred because the
> stuff is so expensive now, or learn the spiritual cleansing properties of
> sweating like a pig. Okay, there is another option in an R-134a conversion,
> but a proper job is pretty expensive.
>
> Don't put in "alternative" hydrocarbon products like Duracool. It is
> dangerous to have flammable fluids in your A/C and is illegal in the US.
> Evaporator leaks are not uncommon, and how do you feel about butane leaks
> into the passenger compartment?
>
> Mike- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -


If you know somebody in maintenence who recharges and mainatains large
building A/C units that use freon he MAY be induced to recharge your
auto A/C unit. with freon.

Been there done that on my `86 Accord.(worked in a hospital.)
mred

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