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A/c charge amount - 1996 Dodge Neon

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    thanks was looking for freon spec its 11.30 pm sticker under hood not readable

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The system specs. are

oil- pag nd-8 4.8oz

r-134a 29.0oz

if the system is empty and the oil level is correct then the amount of freon needed is
1.8 pounds
or
2.4 12 oz cans

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You need a gauge to monitor the A/C line pressure. There should be a sticker on the heater housing or on the underside of the hood or the radiator shroud. It has the information to the capacity of your A/C system but that's at being empty. Your low pressure side should be 40PSI to 50PSI and your high side should be 150PSI to 200PSI. Good luck and hope this helps.

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Get R 134a refrigerant. Start the car and turn the AC to maximum. Add refrigerant by accessing the blue port on the refrigerant line under the hood. Add refrigerant according to the ambient air temperature. This is listed on the can of refrigerant or in the handy little guide you can get from Auto zone. Usually around 35-45 PSI.
You can buy the refrigerant with the gauge and hose for around 25 bucks. The hose attaches to the access port like a compressor hose fitting. Hope this helps,

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There should be a decal under the hood that tells if your system is currently charged with r12 or r134a. if it is charged with r12 you should take it somewhere that can evacuate the system of all old refrigerant and change the system to work on r134a. r12 is lots more expensive, if you can even still find it. 1996 when your car was made is right when the whole industry was switching over. if your car is already switched over or was r134a from the factory you don't need the conversion, but you should still look for the decal, it will say on it how much refrigerant you need. if your a/c system has not worked for awhile then probably it has been open to the atmosphere and you have air and moisture in the system. if you just recharge it (put more freon in it) without getting air and moisture out it will not work properly. air makes the system get to a higher pressure sooner and the compressor will cycle off before the air in your car gets cool. water will combine with freon and make hydrochloric acid which will eat through the lines (they are made out of aluminum) and cause lots of other problems. if you are lucky enough to already have r134a in the system and it is not discharged and you have no leaks, you might be able to just add coolant and have it work. it seems like the cheap way to do it, but if you have air or water in your system and it ruins your compressor you will wind up at the service shop and then you will spend even more than it would cost to fix it now. up to you, i would not recommend the do it yourself route for a/c. hope that helps

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