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Old 04-30-2003, 04:10 PM
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260E A/C question

Hello everyone!! I finally decided to try and have my A/C fixed (which hasn't been operational since I bough the car). The local shop told me that it still uses the old R12 gas and that it needs to be converted to R134 first ($600) before they can even troubleshoot the problem. Why is this change so expensive? What usually fails on early w124's A/C wise? Can't they fix the problem by injecting the dye into the system and locating the leak and fix it and fill it with R12?

I am so confused.
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Old 04-30-2003, 05:05 PM
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Run away from that place!

You DO NOT need to convert to r134 to fix your A/C. They CAN put a dye and look for a leak with a refill of R12, if needed.
Do a search! It has been discussed before. I hope it is NOT your evaporator . BIG money to repair
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Old 04-30-2003, 08:32 PM
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First, I'd look for an other shop. You don't need to spend $600. for a diagnostic. A dye injected in the system will most likely show where the leak is.
As said in the previous post, cross your finger it's not the evaporator.
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Old 05-01-2003, 02:28 PM
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Another vote to stick with the r12.
$600 is too much, and conversion is not related to troubleshooting, so this is suspicious behavior on their part.

$600 dollars as a starting point to save $120 on refrigerant? Hmmm... Even with recharges every 3 years, it would take a long time to pay that back...

Hey, you could even get lucky and find that you simply have a low charge, which is normal over time.
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