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AC compressor won't come on

I had the AC freon charged a few weeks ago. It took 2 cans after being checked 10 months ago. Now the AC compressor won't click on. I checked the fuses, all are fine.

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AC always leaks freon through the pulley shaft in the compressor.
The best way to hold freon longer, is to use the AC every single month, even in winter, for a few minutes. That helps oil the seals.

If you have not had to replace the freon before, you were just lucky.
It is almost always just the freon.

Not only is the $145 appropriate, but you could have just gotten a can and done it yourself for $20.

And by the way, a whole new compressor is more like $400 plus $100 labor.

Mar 11, 2011 | 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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The AC on my 93 Buick Park Ave used to blow ice-cold. About a week ago it went out, and so my husband charged it. Yesterday it was out again. We got a freon/stopleak/leakfinder to put in, and the AC...

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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Everytime i get my ac charged in my 94 chevy 350 it quits working after 2 weeks. is it my compressor?

If it last 2 weeks and you can recharge it and it will work another 2 weeks it is a leak. Have the system checked for leaks. Your losing Freon somewhere.

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Ac works fine except when i exclerate or go up a hill, it seems to cycle or stop blowing...then the continues to work fine but this is happening more often . I just got my ac repaired 3 months ago. it...

sounds like u still have a leak and need to have freon added or wasnt fully charged --when ur at idle or lower rpm the compressor will circulate the freon fine and will not cause a problem when u put a load uphill passing or increase the rpm a little more the compressor sucks more and circulates more freon which gives u a lower suction pressure if the suction pressure gets to low the the a/c protects itself and the engine by turning off [low pressure safety] cycling if had done 3 months ago bring back and have tested or u can buy some freon and add to ur system yourself

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My a/c in my car in blowing hot air after had a/c checked as gas

Unfortunately you might have a coolant leak, in spite of the A/C inspection. I'd get a second opinion from another mechanic. Have the mechanic check to make sure your condenser is not clogged with dirt, rocks and road grime, preventing the A/C system from cooling properly. Notorious problem for automotive air conditioning.

Check to see that the fuse to the A/C is not blown and that the compressor is cycling on and off as it should. If the the A/C pressure switch was not inspected, it should be inspected and tested for proper operating.

One last thing. Also have the mechanic check the pressure in the A/C system, and that there is sufficient refrigerant in the system.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck.

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My 1999 GMC Jimmy's AC is not cooling as well as it should. It did this a few months ago and I put some freon in it, seemed to help the problem, I tried it again a few weeks ago and this time it didn't...

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We just got a 2000 Grand Caravan about 2 months ago. It has about 94,000 mi in it now. All of a sudden, when you turn on the ac, it blows out hot air. It is almost 100 here, and this is not what I need...

Let's say about 50/50. Open the hood, check along the thin pipeline running from the compressor (some call it the ac motor), through the condensor (the outside aircon radiator) to a little black tank that looks like a soda can. On top of this there should be a sightglass where you can see liquid flowing if the compressor is running and the freon is ok. If the engine is running and the ac is switched on, the ac compressor should be running - the inside part, the outside (pulleys) always run. If it is not running, first check the fuse for the ac, if the fuse is ok the ac might have a leak and then the pressure switch on the thick pipe side will prevent the compressor switch to engage - then the compressor won't run.

Check your ac piping, if it is oily, especially near flare nuts, it could indicate a freon leak. I'm talking about oiliness that doesn't come from the engine or tranny.

I hope this helps :)

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Fix the ac freon leak and put freon back in. When you get enough pressure in the system the compressor will come on. Go to another garage and see what they tell you.

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it could be a loose compression compressor.

does the compressor sounds a little bit noisy? and increases as you rev the engine?

with the pressures that you gave, it seems that the compressor can not **** the gas from the lowside to transfer it to the high side. that is what we called loose compression.

i'm not sure if an oil charge could change the situation. it could be a mechanical problem already that can not be solve by adding oil to the system.

but i wonder why it would do that. it was just not used for 9 months.

good luck on the compressor, hope you can solve it by adding oil. if not, you have to replace the compressor.

tnx 4 using fixya,


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