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Dr. Flyview
05-29-2006, 02:16 AM
Hi,

If the AC doesn't work, is it possible it would just need to be "recharged"? My dad said no it couldn't, b/c if the gas isn't there anymore, there must be a leak somewhere.

What do you guys think?

Justin e36
05-29-2006, 02:29 AM
Listen to your dad. Though it can be refilled, the leak should be fixed first.

Here's some good reading for you: http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71185

Jase
05-29-2006, 02:29 AM
Cars will sooner or later need a recharge of the gas. Problem is if the car is too old it will need to be converted. I think it is called r132. More or less a fee , gaskets and a different refrigerant.
Jase

Dr. Flyview
05-29-2006, 02:49 AM
Listen to your dad. Though it can be refilled, the leak should be fixed first.

Here's some good reading for you: http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71185

Hmm, the link, just like this thread so far is inconclusive. Some say yes, it does need a refill, some say there must be a leak. Would a 1992 e36 be the old system or new?

mirek
05-29-2006, 03:28 AM
old system, 94+ is r134a

Jase
05-29-2006, 04:43 AM
Before you even think of a refill you should always have it tested for leaks and problems anyways. I'd think that would have just been a given. I think crappy tire is running a A/C check this week for 39 bucks..might be a cheap way to find out.

Swerve
05-29-2006, 04:47 AM
had mine refilled last september, as it 'ran out' and wouldn't blow cold air anymore. I had it recharged, and so far so good, i guess the oil moistened the seals enough to keep it somewhat sealed- it's still blowing cold air.

A lot of people never use a/c because it 'spends gas', but they should. I turn mine on every so often just to run it a bit and to make sure it's still working. Use it or lose it.

Redster
05-29-2006, 10:25 AM
I had A/C refilled few weeks ago, they always do a test to see if there are any leaks, and then refill it. There were no leaks, yet it run out. The guy at the shop said many believe the gas will never run out but it does, so every few years it needs to be refilled, even if there are no leaks.

I'd take it somewhere where they do AC work, have them check for leaks, and go from there.

PS. Check & refill was $160 when I did it.

Dr. Flyview
05-29-2006, 10:54 AM
Hmm ok. Well even if I decide to do it I'll have to convert to the new system...

Redster
05-29-2006, 11:24 AM
I drove one car without AC for 6 days in the summer, and never again. I paid $1200 to get it fixed, and it was well worth it.