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My 1998 ford air conditioner do not get cool, I put the 134 in but still do not get cool. Dont see high side.

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2 possibilities maybe three fist need high side reading to tell if orifice tube is clogged with metal debrie and if clogged this probably means the compressor is coming apart internally next check hot and cold blend doors to see if they are working also check engine fan for flow when engine is hot if you can spin fan with engine off then the center piece of the fan is bad

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