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View Poll Results: Can I get the A/C to work reliably again for under $300.00 Canadian.
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Ok,my A/C didn't work last year and when I purchased it the previous owner also told me that it didn't work. Is it possible to repair the A/C in my car this summer for a budget of $300.00 total including all taxes, tools supplies etc. I will be installing the parts myself, but keep in mind that I only have approximately 25% A/C knowledge. I know that there are too many variables what are the chances that I can do it for that budget. By the way, my wife’* car'* A/C also went last year.
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it all depends on what is specifically wrong with your A/C.
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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I'd probably start off with a can of refridgerant that contains dye to find the leak. From there you would be in a better position to evaluation how much it will cost, if junkyard parts are possible etc etc.

(Off topic..We knew Cathy was hotstuff...didn't think it was because of a failed AC though... )
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When I'm there in May, is there somewhere local that I could purchase that dye from and run it? All the auto parts will be cheaper there so it'* worth a try.

As for Cath being hot stuff, I'm going to let her read this post when she has time since I'm sure she'* want to give you a piece of her mind.
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I'll be there in May as well... we'll all get a look at it and see whats up..

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This is the US...of course we have parts. I even have a favorite junkyard that we'll end up going to during the meet.

Only issue I forsee is unlike in Canada where US money is readily accepeted everywhere (like Mastercard..lol) .. people in the US will look at you funny and not accept Canadian money.

Cathy will probably blush and smile.
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I'll be there in May as well... we'll all get a look at it and see whats up..

Thank jr's3800 and as for you Boosty, I'll bring some of your funny money, although it'* going to be a bit wierd SINCE THERE ALL THE SAME COLOUR/COLOR.


Now, how come no one is answering my poll, one guess tells me Boosty is the one that'* answered so for, since he knows I'm in need of medical attention. Boosty, I may have approximately 15 years on you, but remember......with age comes wisdom.
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NP, Frank...

But you may have to remind us

I tend to forget whats on the plate

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Oh I'll remind you alright. It'* # 14 on my "things to do list while in the US at the NEBF". I'm going to be busy before Saturday comes around, and I'm bringing my helper. By the way, how does the dye work, do you have to follow the freon route with a black light, or is it a color that stands out to the naked eye?


By the way, does anyone have the electronic refrigerant tester they could bring with them. That will help in the efforts to locate the leak?
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Many of the current dyes don't require a black light. They are visible to the eye.

We put it in..get the system cycling..and look for the dye. If we don't see it..someone looks underneath at the heaterbox drip hole. If it'* coming out of there..it'* the evap core.
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