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1998 AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM NOT COOLING

I HAVE A '98 CARAVAN. HAD SYSTEM GASSED UP WITH FREION, LAST 1 DAY. RAN DYE THROUGH HOSES TO CHECK FOR LEAKS, COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING. COULD THE PROBLEM BE THE EVAPORATOR COIL? THE SYSTEM BLOWS FINE, JUST NOT COLD AIR.

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When u say u checked for leaks did u use a uv light and the yllow glasses cause thats the only way to see leaks i would check all connections including service ports under the red n blue caps (high n lowside ) also if ur system went to low u might have to evactuated first for it to work also when u take it in to evactuate the system they should tell u if its holding pressure

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