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Not sure what model but its a 1993 buick thee air conditioner needs to be fixed can it be fixed inexpensive?? i think the jerks at firestone jerked with it and made it quit working do you think my local car repair guy cab fix it inexpensive? will the hot gage come on also because f the air not working even if its a cool day??

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The AC not working wil not affect the engine coolant temperature. The engine cooling system is a seperate system fromthe AC system on your vehicle.
The AC could simply have a small leak and the refridgerant has leaked down and needs to be replaced. If that is the case you can have what is called a "pep charge" performed and you will have AC working again until it leaks back down. Before you ask, I can't tell you how long that will take because it depends on the sevarity of the leak(s). Might be a couple of days might be a year. That should generally be about $40 or less depending on how much refridgerant they need to add to your system.
Of course you may have AC components that have failed such as a compressor. This will be an expensive repair. There is no way around this. Usually when a compressor goes out, you need to replace the compressor, receiver/dryer, orifice tube, all of the refridgerant, and have the system flushed. This is costly.
Many shops have proper AC equipment and properly trained techs that can peform an AC diagnostics for $40-$50 (in my area) that takes about an hour or so. This will tell you if the refridgerant is low, indicating a leak, or if your compressor or other component is not functioning properly.
At my shop when a customer pays for the Diagnostic and we find that the system is low on refridgerant. We offer to re-fill the system (customer has to pay additional for the refridgerant of course but no more labor) and add a special UV dye to the system. Then I ask that the customer drive the vehicle for a couple of days with the AC running then return. I can then use a special UV light and glasses to find the leak point on the AC system by locating the point where the dye leaked out. This is all included in the initial diagnostic charge and does not take too much time.
From there we make the decision of whether to fix the leak or not. Often times the leak is repaired for minimal cost as the leak ponts are commonly very inexpensive parts.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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  • razorneck Oct 03, 2010

    Yes all the info works no matter if it is a Buick, Toyota, or a Mercedes. AC systems are, for the most part, universal. Although they use different brands and models of components, they are still operated on the same principles. In the early 90's the type of refridgerant used shifted from R-12 to R-134A (currently used in all vehicles). R-12 is no longer available.



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