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A/C isn't working.

The service station had a hard time trying to charge the system with R12. When they did and turned on the A/C the compressor made a "horrible" noise and the tech said it locked up. He stated that it may not have been on in a while if the R12 was low as a safety measure. When he charged the system it may have kicked in.

Is there anything you can do besides replace the compressor?

Thanks for your comments.

- Rakesh

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  • RCS1 May 23, 2009

    Thanks guys. I will follow up based on your comments.

  • RCS1 May 23, 2009


    I should mention I saw 'R12' somewhere in the shop, but I don't know what was in the canister. The tech did tell me that the "coolant" had changed years ago and everyone used the latest one. I will find out. This is a local shop that has done good work for me in the past.

    Thanks for the heads up. It gives me a place to start.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    well if they charged it with R12 refridgerent u are screwed, it uses R134A refridgerent and R12 refridgerent will destroy the compressor.



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It sounds as if the compressor is low on oil are out of oil try this website car A/C repair and another one is fix & troubleshoot heating & A/C i hope this help you Michigan Man.

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