Can you still re-gas the air conditioning in a 1998 model?
The rumors you've been hearing are about the refrigerant - I'm sure.
R-12 for years and years was the only type of refrigerant used in cars.
Since R-12 is now 'banished' you can no longer re-charge a car's AC using it.
Not to worry - there are plenty of replacement refrigerants out there to take it's place.
Don't worry about the AC in the Hyundai, chances are if the AC works now - you will not have to deal with re-charging it. Just be sure the AC is working properly before you buy the car and try to get some type of warranty, i.e. 30 days or longer on it.
I realize the car is 12 years old - but - sometimes you can get a dealer to warranty the AC for 30 days - maybe even the engine and transmission - if he wants to sell the car bad enough. If he (dealer) is offering a warranty already - just be sure what it covers, i.e. the AC, tranny, engine, etc etc. Sometimes the warranty will cover the engine and transmission but nothing else, including the AC.
Note: cars, especially older ones are known for having small, hard to find leaks - thus requiring them to be re-charged at the beginning of summer.
If I was buying a 12 year old car these days, and the AC worked fine at purchase - I would understand three (3) things.
Number 1 - the car AC might have a leak in it and the car dealer 'might' have just re-charged it "without" repairing the leak - thus - transferring the problem to me (the new owner).
Number 2 - the car AC might have a 'slow leak' and at some point in the future - i.e. beginning of summer - it might need a re-charge.
Number 3 - the car AC might still be in great working condition and have no leaks - and everything will be fine.
Bottom line - If you do require a re-charge - a qualified AC shop will be able to re-charge the AC for you.
Jun 26, 2010 |
Hyundai HYUP12ER Air Conditioner