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Ac freon leak at hoses connecting to compressor are the seals easy to change

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The seals are relatively easy to replace, but the system must have the freon pumped out and captured before any such work is performed. Venting to atmosphere will get you a stiff fine if caught (at least in the USA). Hope this helps!

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I have freon leaking from the front of a/c compressor it seems like from the clutch on my 97 chevy lumina. i added freon because it was completely out and clutch was not engaging. what is easy fix

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This is actually a relatively easy fix. First you need to get a vacuum pump to remove the freon currently in your system it\'s illegal to release it in the atmosphere. You can rent the pump and hoses at autozone for 300$ which is completely refundable once you return it.

1. Vacuum the a/c system completely

2. Remove your serpentine belt

3. Remove the hose and electrical connector from your ac compressor.

4. remove the bolts connecting the a/c compressor to the bracket (I think there are only three)

and that\'s all you need to do to remove your compressor

reverse the process to install your new one but make sure its filled with the proper ammount and type of a/c oil. Vacuum the a/c system again because it works better with negative pressure. Then refill it with the correct ammount of r-134a freon I\'d suggest use a can freon with uv dye so you can check for leaks in your system using a black light. If there is a leak you\'ll need to vacuum your system again and replace the defective part and fill it back up with freon. I hope this helps good luck a/c systems can be tricky.

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If someone said the freon is leaking out, then you have a leak that needs to be repaired. Every connection in an AC system has a seal. AC systems work under very high pressures. When a seal goes bad, all the freon in the world will not stay in.
They sell kits with all the seals just for this purpose. I'm in AZ, so I can't help you. Plus, I'm working on the AC system in my wife's car right now. What you need is a reputable shop that can do the work for you. The whole system needs to be gone through. It will cost money to get it done correctly. And you should have a professional do it, not some shade tree mechanic. Good luck. I know what east coast summers are like.
Sorry I don't have a better answer.

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You need to check the freon level and if that is good check the compressor. If you have no pressure on the low side, when I say pressure on low side I mean vacuum, then most likely the compressor is bad or you have a leak someplace. You can get a freon fill kit at Walmart, Target, Auto Zone and most any auto parts stores. These kits comes with a gauge and connection hose. Typically if the freon is low the compressor won't activate. Connect the fill hose to the low Side of your AC and turn the AC on to Maximum with the engine running. If its a low freon problem the compressor will start to kick in as the pressure increases. Make sure you don't overfill the system as this will cause a seal or line to blow. Being a 1998 your vehicle should use R134A freon which is what can legally be purchased by a home mechanic. It cost about $12 to $20 a can and usually includes a leak detector additive and seal conditioner.

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sorry it has a leak ,only way to fine it is to use the correct machine and vacumn it out ,then turn machine off and listen for a sucking sound ,most likely cause is the flexible hoses/compression fittings or the seal on the front of the AC compressor ,if you still cannot find the leak then fill AC with a special dye and use a ultra violet light and yellow glasses to find the leak .

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Adding freon to the air conditioning where does the freon go?

look for the thick pipes vs. the thin pipes and a quick connector that goes on to the hose that fills the r134a via a can of freon.

Or, do you mean, where is the freon leaking out of? The freon leaks out of o-rings, seals, and possibly the compressor.

I had a compressor changed in my 1990 Cadillac Deville because it was leaking there. This is a common problem on older cars.

Good luck.

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If the system was workin enough for you to add freon and stop leak you may have overcharged the system and blew out the location of the leak to make it lose enough charge that it shut down from being low on charge. There is a low pressure switch that will stop the clutch on the compressor from engaging when low on charge. The hose connections have O-rings and the system needs to be discharged and the Freon captured to replace the O-rings. ALL O-rings should be replaced at once if that is the case. Look to see where the red dye showed up if you put in the stop leak. Normally the seal in the compressor is what starts leaking first. It sounds like your leak is bad enough that stop leak will not be the answer so you may have to break down and take it to a shop to check the system.

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