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My compressor won't kick on so I check the freon level and it was really low. once I added freon it kicked on but after running briefly it started blowing dark colored fluid out of somewhere and it was all over the engine. What is the issue I am so HOT! Could i have attached the freon hose to the wrong place on the A/C? I guess i should mention I have 1996 Chevrolet S-10.

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A common problem with those s-10's was the heater core. there could be a crack in the line. It's a tough replacement, you have to take apart the dash if I'm not mistaken. hope this helps.

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