you will add a few ounces of pag oil into the new condenser line openings (1-2), install condenser (new o-rings preferably) pull vac, sit , recharge. Chrisfix on youtube has a pretty good popular tutorial. for pag i'm not sure what gm specifies but for our honda i used double end capped https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013HPWBGK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Stick with what i mentioned in my other post avoid the new self sealing freon cans as that adaptor just confuses the crap out of you. amazon has some dupont r134 that went really easy.
yeah their forums all have similar threads like this one =) I'd just go after market as long as it's a good brand and not worry about it. I put a denso in the van (75 bucks!) works great. Even if you didn't have this issue by 100k or so you could have gotten a rock into the coils and developed a leak there they're kinda out front and tend to have that happen but still yeah this is mass defect. Just make sure if you or someone else besides the dealer does it, no stop leak or any of that mess in the freon...even once.
If you diy couple things (i didn't have to do my truck as it's under warr but just replaced the condenser on the kid hauler). Local stores may only have 134a in leak proof cans they seal off when the tap is removed, your traditional tap needs an adaptor, the one i had was irritating like eco gas cans. While i like the idea needs better execution, maybe there are better ones. Those stunk. The dupont freon only ones i got off amazon were easy to flow out of the can with traditional tap (night and day difference). 1 hour vac leak down test may or may not show a slow leak. It's testing under a vacuum but not pressure. I had to refill twice, my gauge wouldn't move in a couple hours even, it was only after a few months it went hot again that i thought to check the condenser (i had added dye) and saw the leak. Lots of youtube videos on this, but the leakproof or whatever you call them cans add complexity to making sure you purge the line, it's really easy to get confused as it's another knob to turn, another possible leak point (and the cheap plastic adaptor is that cheap) and closing the tap does not close the adaptor and can. If you buy a typical cheap gauge set off amazon,etc calibrate the gauge, don't over tighten the hoses to the manifold (if your gauge goes to full retard when pulling a vacuum that's likely what you did). When pulling a vac if you want to be sure your lines are clear to the ac valve connects and you're pulling vac there, just remove the hose and push in and make sure it's pulling air at that point (it's noticeable from a change in pitch of the vac pump) Somewhere in docs will be a recommendation to if you replace the consider to add an oz or so of pag oil. Anyways no idea on the truck but the kid hauler was easy 30 minutes to flip it out tops and then pull a vac for an hour, wait an hour, then recharge. Hardest part is the small cans are tough to weigh and that's the correct way, but whatever the truck takes hopefully works out pretty even adding in a bit of loss left in the can and small amount for purging the yellow line when you put a new can on (but the dupont cans went out really easy! i couldn't get those leak cans to flow out for squat without a bit of warming).
That got me thinking through. Mine was under warranty. So even though i told them look it's all over the gm sites so i'm sure it's the condenser but i didn't bother looking so check it. I suspect any dealer that acts like it's a mystery especially a drain and fill without checking that is taking you for a ride as surely they know that's the first thing to check, if not i'd wonder why?
It amazes me these guys actually have to diagnose u and default to 350 for a drain and fill as common as this is. I walked in and said it's probably the condenser i don't even have to pop the hood, it's all over the internet, so check that. They did say it was common but i was in and out. So your dealer sounds questionable to say the least if they didn't suspect and inspect that first hand.
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Run it! I'd be good with a new engine. Though it would be understandable if you got bit come shopping next time to be a bit hesitant lol all makes have these issues here and there though. Now if i logon here one day and there are hundreds of them like the AC condenser failures... i'd probably be putting the forsale sign up =)
add me to list, 2015 with 27k miles so in luck there , still under warr for few months No idea i assume it's condenser but i haven't looked. hope this isn't backordered i called the dealer and service manager seemed to indicate it's common and not a problem but u know how that goes.... in FL gotta have the ac summer here.
Yeah not really, I've had the windows down and you still turn it on, that always seem's silly so I roll them back up. Same reason convertibles and sun roofs don't make sense to me here. If you see a convertible top down in Florida in the summer for sure they have the ac on! I guarantee it. I mean you *can* here jan to march depending on weather that year (Christmas Day is usually high 80's), especially in the mornings but we're talking in the mornings 30f and afternoon in the 80's so you turn it on those days anyways..and in the summer forget it first thing you do when getting in the car is fan on high. For a few weeks it's cool all the time and you'll turn it off and... this part is exciting... there's a 2 or 3 days out of the year I will be able to reach down and turn that seat heater on for a few minutes! it's always exciting when that day comes, you've been staring at the seat heater button for 364 days going man when can I flip that unused button! It's like the house heat, for a few weeks you flip it on and it has a distinct smell while it burns off 11 months of dust from the coils or maybe it's just because you haven't turned it on for 11 months and it feels different. But I bet 10-11 months out of year ac is on all the time. Really impressive when you think about it, there's a ton of ac shops so they must go bad, but only times I've had troubles we're talking the car is really on the tail end of things...or a hose or a manufacturer defect. Wifes van is hitting 9 years and 160k miles and I bet that thing has been off a total off only a few weeks out of each year total. Even in the 80's you have it on with low fan.
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