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Freon leaking and the dye test has been done 6 times. No sign of lesk.

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Leak will probably where you cannot see it..... in the evaporator core in the dash. An A/C shop with a freon sniffer can tell you and verify. I hope this wasn't the same shop 6 times.

Posted on Sep 09, 2010

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  • Larry Robins Sep 09, 2010

    same shop 6 times. Evap core and condensor and some valves were all replaced. Still leaks. Sealer put in the system for small leaks. Still leaks. Very frustrrated.

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    Dirt Dobber Sep 09, 2010

    Wow i bet your frustrated. You've probably got boo coo $$ spent at this shop. The same person will make the same error or miss the same thing over and over. That's why I had hoped it was at least 2 shops. The dye test is good only if you can see it with your eyes or under a specific kind of light used to highlight the dye. Possible out of the box ideas would be behind or at the Compressor mount area, abrasion areas where lines or hoses touch something, a hose that has internal separation and it will leak through to the surface in many minute areas or pin holes and wont appear as a leak in one spot. Have them use an inspection mirror and visually inspect all side of each line and hose and not skip any area.

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    Dirt Dobber Sep 09, 2010

    It the system actually losing freon or is there another issue causing it not to cool but is still charged with freon?

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