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Old 06-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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AC in car not working well

DH's AC is not all that cool so I called the mechanic and he said it was $150 to do a service and that includes coolant if it needs it. My friend said she paid $1,000 for her AC to be fixed. That's quite a difference, I wonder why her car cost so much more.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Just refilling the refrigerant is cheap. Replacing any parts is what's expensive
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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Yes refilling freon costs about 100, replacing a compressor can cost up to 1200 which I was quoted when I needed it to be replaced but paid 650 from our regular mechanic.

If its just not working well but still cool I had a prob once that a mouse built a nest and was blocking the air flow.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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I just spent $500 on mine because the fan motor and some kind of switch went out on it. I hate car trouble!


Hopefully you can get it fixed for a reasonable amount. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #5
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$85 parts and labor by our mechanic to find and fix the leak and for freon.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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An A/C recharge kit at the Autoparts store is less than $20.00. If the car is older than 1994 than forget it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
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thanks for your replies. I see it depends on if we need parts replaced. Crossing my fingers that's not the case.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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I have had some cars where recharging it did the trick.

But other cars we have finally ended up just trading in because we couldn't fix it. We had a Honda we recharged to the tune of $200 but it didn't last the drive home.

Most places will not guarantee A/C repairs. That's because while they can look for leaks in the system, they can't always be sure there aren't other leaks in places they can't see.

We did have good luck when the A/C on our Dodge Caravan gave out a couple years ago. They located the leak, we paid $600 and took a leap of faith. And it worked.

Good luck. I hope a quick recharge does the trick for you.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #9
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sorry you paid the $200 and it didn't last.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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sorry you paid the $200 and it didn't last.
Thanks. That was not a good day.

I only throw that story out there as a cautionary tale. Take it in to be looked at. But before agreeing to pay anything, find out if any repairs come with a warranty. If they don't then proceed with caution.

You have no idea how hard it was to make the $600 repair to the van after that prior problem with the Honda. (It's a shame too. I loved that Honda. And we ended up having to trade it in for something different). But we just weren't in a position to replace the van and had to try. That was a couple years ago and it's still doing fine.

I hope they find something simple for you. With 2 college age kids, we have 4 older model cars here now. We are our mechanic's retirement fund I think.......
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:30 PM   #11
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LOL retirement fund.

We'll see how much it's going to cost but I think if it's a lot more than $200 than DH might not fix it. It's got 200,000 miles on.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:02 AM   #12
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What year is the car? I know my friend felt like the AC wasnt working for her... i changed out her cabin filter and it seem to be a lot better...

some people dont even know those things existed, lol.
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It's a 2004 Honda Civic. Is the cabin filter easy to get at?
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:11 AM   #14
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It's a 2004 Honda Civic. Is the cabin filter easy to get at?
your car should have one. Do u know if you changed it before? should be changed every 15k.

its behind your glove box.

edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1HXjJ2Z4tw here ya go! check it out! if its super dirty, time to change a new one!
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:01 AM   #15
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DD's car needed coolant, took it to the place that changes our oil.....$35 Fixed!

DH's truck started messing up, bought the coolant ourselves, didn't work. His friend is a mechanic. It needed a new compressor....$700 (parts and labor, guess he gave us a little bit of a friend's discount)
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