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Air conditioner not charged

While replacing the radiator on my 2000 Chevy Astrovan, I mistakenly released all of the r-134 refrigerant. I now need to recharge the system and do not know what pressure range is required on this make and model. Can any one help me with this info????

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Go to Kragen they sell a R-134 tank with a gauge on it that will tell you exactly when to stop. Grab two bottle of R134 if you do not use the second then return it

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