You would have saved yourself a world of problems if you had a shop do this. First off, they would have pulled the clutch in-situ. Even if they had to take the compressor off (which they shouldn't anyway) they would recover the freon that was in there and do the necessary work. The machine that most AC shops have are automatic. Automatically recovers and filters the freon, evacuates and does a timed leak test and then refills the system with the filtered freon to the correct level. All with a few buttons. This way there is absolutely no escape of freon to the atmosphere and the old freon is recycled (thus saving money as well). In Canada we have a course that we must take as mechanics before we can work on AC. It is called the ODS (ozone depleteing substance) course. This educates technicians on mainly environmental issues. Even though R134 is not an ozone depleting substance (like R12) it is still quite harmfull in regards to greenhouse gases (just look at TO in the summer!!). If I were to do what you did, I would be facing a potential fine of $10,000. The shop could be fined $100,000. Please I beg of people not to release freon into the atmosphere, it stays with us up to 70 years!!!! (not to mention against the law) Let the professionals do this work and yes it does cost alot to do but find a shop that you trust through word of mouth. Just a note but when I did pretty much any AC work, the bill usually came out to between $400 - $700 dollars. Mine is not working right now but I am not going to just dump a fresh batch of freon into a system I know is leaking.
1992 Bonneville SSEi
White, grey Leather interior.
Tinted windows and blackouts on headlights.
Custom high flow exhaust, Everything replaceable - DONE
300 000 kms original engine, tranny 2 rebuilds.
Playboy Bunnies Embossed in Tint. Oh Yah!
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