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I am preparing to recharge a 2002 honda accord V6 air conditioner. I read a blog that stated if the refrigerant is low, the compressor won't run so am wondering if the low refirgerant pressure level may be causing the high pitched whine I am hearing from the belts on the side of motor where I believe the compressor is driven. The air conditioner has slowly stopped cooling as well over the last couple of years so that's why I decided to go the recharge route. I am suspecting the compressor will not run until I add enough refrigerant charge to the low pressure side. Any other tips about how to recharge and what to look for?

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The whine can be a couple of different things. one, it may be low on refrigerant oil, which will cause it to be drier than it should be, which, would of course, cause a whine. if the whine is heard even when the ac is off, then it could be that u got water in your belts, your belt might be loose, or some sort of belt issue. well to charge it, im pretty sure you know the procedure, but here it goes any ways: wear eye protection of course, and preferably gloves too, remove the cap off the lower pressure side, turn your ac on to max, connect your ac recharging house to your r134a oil first, then connect other end to the ac port. once you connect it, make a hole with the knob on the top of the oil container, release, and shake, until the bottle becomes cold, then empty. repeat steps with refrigerant, then stop leak if necessary. note: when done, turn away when removing the hose off the ac port as you never know if something can spray out.

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i posted this link because this bottle has the hose which i stated attached to it, i know auto parts stores should sell it, if not, you can always buy it with a can like this one. another thing, i dont know if they still have it or even if its available in all areas, but i recharged my a/c not too long ago and i bought my bottles at walmart. i got 2 for around 24, and if you return the empty bottles with the receipt within a couple of days, they give you a core return of 10 dollars per can, so i recharged my ac for like 5 bucks, so you might want to check it out. no guarantess though. i think on the back of the bottle it says something about 10 dollars. hope this helps, and if you need any more help, let me know. goodluck.

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