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Old 06-21-2010, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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any ideas? tryna get my ac running for this summer
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well to see if its frozen put the belt on and see if it will turn without stalling/pulling down the motor.
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well, im not really sure what that means but so far what i've done is, i turned the ac on in the car and the fans spin and the belts are turning. i tried to do a recharge to it before but no pressure from the low side. don't really know what can be wrong with it
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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no pressure? you check for leaks?
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i havent looked into that yet but i kind of doubt it because [correct me if im wrong], if there was a leak, i would be able to charge the system and the ac should run cold for a couple days, weeks, or even months. but i recharged and absolutely nothing. no pressure, no cold air =l
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no pressure means theres a leak somewhere, you should smell it and hear it coming out.
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ok . i'll be able to hear it with the engine off right?
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yes and smell it forsure
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ok will check that out today. thanks, is it possible for the belts to be turning but the clutch not engaging?
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the clutch wont engage until there is enough pressure.
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ohhh ok . so more than likely, my system has a leak somewhere
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ok what if you notice surge on your idle everytime the clutch engages? thats a bad compressor right? and no leaks for me either, except when i over fill it, the compressor overflow valve thingy comes on. lol

i dont know shit about a/c btw. oh and when i drive it i feel the clutch engaging...its like it slows me down while it engages then my car shoots itsself forward a bit after it turns off.

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lol no probbb . so u can actually feel the clutch engaging? cuss if so then i guess i found my problem. no pressure=leak=no clutch engagement=sweaty balls for the next 3 months lol
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lol no probbb . so u can actually feel the clutch engaging? cuss if so then i guess i found my problem. no pressure=leak=no clutch engagement=sweaty balls for the next 3 months lol
lol i used to not "notice" the clutch engaging until i overfilled it. but whenever i was at idle and turned on my a/c i would notice my idle go up from stock 570 to about 700 to 800.
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lol i used to not "notice" the clutch engaging until i overfilled it. but whenever i was at idle and turned on my a/c i would notice my idle go up from stock 570 to about 700 to 800.
hmmmm . well, when i turn my ac on i dont notice any weird idle changes . so im gonna really guess that my problem is the leak. well i hope so, i really need the ac to run. question to everybody .. theres a red wire in the very front of the compressor . where is that supposed to connect to and what does it do?
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stop wasting your time putting more freon,the more u put in will damage the compressor.

go buy yourself a a/c gauge then come back on here and tell us what's the pressure number.

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i did use the a/c gauge already. the gauge reads 0
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i did use the a/c gauge already. the gauge reads 0
high side and low side?
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yess both sides read 0
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yess both sides read 0
i think u're doing something wrong.

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