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Old 07-14-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Got a 95 SSEi, and the A/C never really worked well. I decided to get refrigerant and fill her up. I buy the R134a Arctic Freeze about 2.2 pounds worth, with a gauge, trigger thingy, the whole 9 yards.
So I run the A/C on max put the stuff in and i get nothing. not 1 degree difference. it keeps pissing me off because the gauge i use doesn't move from 0psi. It seems like the refrigerant just goes straight up in the air, but the metal tubing is ice cold so it feels like it is going in.
I thought maybe a leak so i bought leak seal crap with dye and couldn't see anything and put about 19 more ounces of refrigerant in. i use the gauge again and still at that 0 mark.

I am sure there is something wrong with the compressor or some part i have no clue of, otherwise if there was that big of a leak i would notice it. I throw all this money into refrigerant and i can't even get 1 degree cooler. Since the gauge never moved i kept putting in more refrigerant aggravatingly and hope that all the refrigerant didn't actually stay in and mess up the A/C even worse.
Any help or advice from anyone is greatly greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing hoping for a different result. first need to stop putting refrigerant into it. If you are getting 0 psi you have a leak somewhere. Now the some where can be anywhere. You have the dye in it so that'* half the battle. Just follow the tubing and check the joints. Take a look at the Evap. This is how you can get to it https://www.gmforum.com/t278997/.
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Alright, when i was putting the stuff in i could see it smoking up from the bottom of the car, seemed to come from the metal tubes in front of the radiator (not ALOT of smoke, enough to notice) and they were kinda moist. But what if the leak is somewhere where it is almost impossible to even reach, how would i fix that? Actually, im really not sure what to do if i even find the exact point of the leak.
The thing that confuses me the most is, that i put all this refrigerant in and didn't see any of it below the car, and zero change in temperature. I still can't believe that the leak is THIS bad like there is a missing tube or something. When putting in the last can today, i did see it smoking and what not from the area i said before, could that alone be enough of a leak to really evaporate over 3 pounds of refrigerant before it can even get through to the vents?
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That is the condenser might have a puncture or the fittings are leaking.
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I'll have to look at it and hopefully it is not hard to get to or hard to replace. I've also seen that usually when the condenser is bad, the receiver/dryer will most likely be bad as well.
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