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    A/C

    A/C blows, but not cold air.

    What are the relative odds of it needing a recharge vs the AC unit actually being broken?

    The AC light at the button DOES come on.

    2012, US if it matters.
    Last edited by ihatemycar; May 3rd, 2021 at 06:46 PM.

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    I would do a recharge first. It's cheap, and it's easy to do yourself. If that doesn't work -- or if it works for a short time and stops working -- then you have a bigger problem. Harbor Freight sells a recharge kit for $30, and Walmart sells the same one for $27.60. Heck, even if you have to do a recharge once a year, it's probably worth it.

    Here's the link for the recharge kit at Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/18-oz-...ied-68286.html
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    I did a quick search..and found harbour freight selling R134A , but walmart selling R12A (as well as Canadian Tire RED TEK in Canada).
    Can you comment on that ? And by the way, the sx4 shop manual says quantity is 420 +/- 20 grams... then about 15 +/- 1 oz. (I think remembering my late 1979 Ford COuntry Squire required much more....yeah...4 x 14oz cans....)
    Last edited by LMP; May 4th, 2021 at 05:49 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMP View Post
    I did a quick search..and found harbour freight selling R134A , but walmart selling R12A (as well as Canadian Tire RED TEK in Canada).
    Can you comment on that ?
    Here's the link to the Walmart product I saw, which is exactly the same product (R-134a) as the Harbor Freight link I posted: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Arctic-Fr...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Edit: Actually, the Walmart version is 22 ounces, while the Harbor Freight version is 18 ounces. Definitely a better deal at Walmart.
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    WEll...I searched Walmart Canada...not available here....
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKo View Post
    I would do a recharge first. It's cheap, and it's easy to do yourself. If that doesn't work -- or if it works for a short time and stops working -- then you have a bigger problem. Harbor Freight sells a recharge kit for $30, and Walmart sells the same one for $27.60. Heck, even if you have to do a recharge once a year, it's probably worth it.

    Here's the link for the recharge kit at Harbor Freight: https://www.harborfreight.com/18-oz-...ied-68286.html
    Interesting. Any video on how to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatemycar View Post
    Interesting. Any video on how to use?
    after the 6th post, we might not remember you said you were in the USA in your first post. Better open your signature (in settings) and list all car details and your location so we know each time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatemycar View Post
    Interesting. Any video on how to use?
    after the 6th post, we might not remember you said you were in the USA in your first post. Better open your signature (in settings) and list all car details and your location so we know each time .
    2011 sx4 JX AWD CVT 39000km(Dec2020) Also drives 2015 KIA Sorento AWD 2.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatemycar View Post
    Interesting. Any video on how to use?
    I found a video....went out and got some stuff.

    I turned on the AC on max - it blows warm air.

    Popped the hood, take a look at what I THINK is the compressor, and it doesn't appear to spin - just the belt part spins.

    I connect the AC Pro canister anyway. When I do, it immediately goes into the red "overcharged" zone. Great.

    So I guess the compressor itself is bad and must be placed? That sucks. I just spent $3K in repairs on this thing. I can spent another billion to make the AC work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatemycar View Post
    I found a video....went out and got some stuff.

    I turned on the AC on max - it blows warm air.

    Popped the hood, take a look at what I THINK is the compressor, and it doesn't appear to spin - just the belt part spins.

    I connect the AC Pro canister anyway. When I do, it immediately goes into the red "overcharged" zone. Great.

    So I guess the compressor itself is bad and must be placed? That sucks. I just spent $3K in repairs on this thing. I can spent another billion to make the AC work.
    FWIW, the vehicle sat from roughly Feb 2020 through October 2020, awaiting replacement of the clutch ($1700, all-in). Maybe this compressor "froze up" during that time.

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