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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:22 pm
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Default what kind of freon for a 90 honda accord?

is this something that needs to be done in a shop? or can i just do it with a kit at home? any tips or tricks would be helpful. thanks
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:24 pm
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Your car takes R134 freon. Many part stores sell kits that allow you to re-charge the A/C your self.CAUTIONIf you do not understand refrigerant DO NOT ATTEMPT ITRefrigerant actually BOILS at minus 22 degrees. You can get burnt from the liquid.It is best to call around and ask repair shops how much to do a performance test on your car. This test can tell you if you have a leak, bad part, or just need to have the system recharged. Better safe than sorry!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:27 pm
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if your car is low on "freon" then it has a leak. now it depends on the size of the leak whether what you do at home will fix the problem. you can buy a kit at walmart for 28 bucks that has a can of refrigerant with leak stopper built in. the kit comes with a gauge. that is the important part. just follow the directions on the can and u will be fine. do not put too much freon in as this can trash your compressor. keep an eye on the gauge. it is even color coded for low, normal, and over charged. worse case scenario is you have a leak too big to be stopped up by the leak stopping chemical and u are out 28 bucks. i actually just did this and so far, so good. let me know how it works out for u. once again, u must use a gauge!ps i didnt check to see what kind of refrig. u need. call dealer to make sure.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:31 pm
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this came from the factory with R12, it is very possible that it has been converted to 134a, if this is the case there will be a sticker under the hood stating that the freon has been changed beware that you can not mix the two gases.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:33 pm
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The 90 Accord came from the factory with refrigerant R-12 which went by Dupont's trade name "Freon". Over time the gas will leak out of the rubber hoses and the system will require recharging as 'normal' maintenance. Most R-12 systems needed to be recharged every 5-6 years.Because R-12 is a chloro-fleuro-carbon it must be recovered and recycled during service. There is no new supply of R-12 being made legally. R-12 is currently selling for about $50 per pound in most retail shops; What you buy in the parts stores are substitutes that can cause fires and other problems. You need special equipment to capture, clean and recharge the R-12 systems--you can't do that at home. Spend the money and have an a/c shop or dealer do it right for safety's sake
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:39 pm
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A 90 Accord came from the factory with R-12 freon in it now some of these has been converted but not all. You should look underneath your hood for a sticker to see if it had been. They do sell a conversion kit in the store.... that will be a waste of money and will cause more damage then good! Since you don't know where the leak is you can convert your car and fix the problem! Also if you have half a pound of freon left in your system you have no way yourself to remove it from the system to safely work on your car.Your A/c system just like any system that holds any kind of gas must be a closed circuit. Which does not allow the gas to escape. If your A/C system is not cooling any more then something had to fail in the system to cause the Freon to get out of the system. This could be anything from the shreader valves to the compressor leaking. The best thing for you to do is to first locate a shop that can do an A/C check on a R-12 car. Do not do a die test!!! Once they do a check then they should be able to tell you where the freon in leaking from. A die test is not good in this situation because a die test can be very unreliable.Be prepared when you go in for the A/C check because it is a R-12 car it can get expensive quick!! Because R-12 is not produced like it used to be then it is very expensive! They changed over to 134 in 1994. So no cars since 1994 have had R-12. I can tell you that I could go on for hours about the good and bad way to deal with the A/C but what it really comes down to is that it is best for you to find a shop that has the machines to be able to fix this problem. It is not something you can handle yourself.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 12:42 pm
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if its still a r12 car then u need to take it to the dealer and have it converted right...if its not done properly then u will be buying a new ac compressor if its r12 good luck finding anyone that still has it and if they do be prepaird to spend as much for just getting it filled as u would converting it
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