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Old 07-17-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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A/C is cold but not freezing cold

Hi, My A/C is cold, but not super cold, although it is not lukewarm either.

My car is 12 yrs old, I dont recall any A/C recharging before, or any A/C related problems.

What do I make of this? Will doing a A/C recharging solve the problem or is this just normal to have a slightly less cold A/C in older cars.

Or is this a thermal state or temperature sensor problem? I set A/C to Max LO in summer time. I do not use Climate control "AUto" setting
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Lots of info for you on this topic here. Most likely just need a recharge.
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How's the air flow?

Probably not your problem, since your car is 12 years old, but if your car has an in-cabin air filter, it may be clogged.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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cabin filters were changed, air blows strong. still some coldness, but not super cold as before. I havent driven new cars in 2012, dont know todays ac standard
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Most likely your system needs a re-charge. Your thermal expansion valve could be faulty, has the receiver/dryer been replaced. it has desiccant balls that break down over time and can plug the system up. Check and see if your clutch is constantly cycling.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #6
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standard check:
- quick check and verify a/c is not blowing cold
- evacuate refrigerant, take reading of how much was able to extract, recharge refrigerant, add uv dye
- run a/c for a bit or take car and use it for a few hours
- with uv light, inspect a/c system for leaks.

- possible locations of leak are condensers, compressors, a/c lines, shraedar valves.

thats the basics of the a/c system, there are more but usually that covers a good 70% of the problems. for more indepth, go to a shop that does a/c work.

expect around 1hr to 1.5hrs of labour time.
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Sorry to thread jack.. but this is on topic..

Anyone know a reputable automobile A/C shop?

I just got my A/C filled at one shop and it is still blowing relatively warm air and they say they need a couple more hours to look into the issue and they arent sure why its doing this.. at $90/hr i dunno how much i trust these guys to be doing exploratory work.

If anyone knows a fairly priced and honest a/c place to take my car i'd appreciate it.
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