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Air conditioning problem

Having a problem with the air conditioning, I have checked it for leaks with dye and there are none, i have pressure tested it and nothing wrong found, recharged it with r134a that is got from auto zone, and it it not cold at all, when i checked the pressure after the install it is way in the red when running I broungh the pressure down but it still spikes to the high. I am very confused here.

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  • mechanic0204 May 19, 2009

    nevermind, it was my stupid pressure gague went bad, I used a brand new one and found the pressure was way to little. thanks anyway

  • mechanic0204 May 19, 2009

    nevermind, it was my stupid pressure gague went bad, I used a brand new one and found the pressure was way to little. thanks anyway

  • Teddi B May 11, 2010

    Take a look at this video a couple of times see if you get an idea of what could be wrong.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what is the low side pressure reading? what is the high side press? what was the ambient temp at time of testing? blower on high? is the temp control blend door moving to the evaporator/cold air position? lot of questions huh, but ness to help u



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If pressure is in the red when engine is running and compressor is engaged, compressor clutch turning with pulley, and not getting cold air, it seems that your compressor may need to be changed. with engine running gage should read between 30 and 60 lbs.

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