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I have a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback, and my AC is weak.

I have a 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback. My AC is very weak, plus there is an oil smell every time I turn it on; which eventually becomes faint after about 2min. I went to a mechanic today, and he check the compressor and touched a pipe with his hand and said it seems to be working well. Then he checked the freon with a gauge which read 50 and said that it's full. He then sat in the car and said the air isn't pushing strong enough. Then after smelling the oil smell he said the problem is the Cooling Coil. He said it needs to be cleaned. I told him I think the smell is coming from the AC filter. He started laughing and said there isn't any filter; filters are on the newer models. He also said if he was to do the job that I would need to buy freon again. Anyways, what do you guys think?

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My suggestion would be to go to another shop,most likely the freon is low,pressure should be measured on the high side and low side, a fully charged system should read 125 to 135 high 25-30 low and these pressure will either rise or fall with ambient temp and humidity but not drastically,you also may have an engine oil leak causing that smell,it may also be possible that the a/c belt is slipping,if the freon 134a is leaking the repair shop may install a leak dye in the system to aid in tracking small leaks this is a good investment good luck

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