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Old 05-22-2003, 07:13 PM
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AC Repair for people like me...

Well, wouldn't you know it? It finally gets hot enough to need AC, and mine doesn't work. I got it switched over to R134a last year, and it worked great last summer. I guess (hope?) that the system just has a slow leak.

So, here's the problem: I'm up here in Walla Walla, Washington (I go to Whitman College here, graduating this weekend) and i live in NorCal. I want the AC to work on the (long, hot) drive home.

I don't know enough about AC to mess with it, and don't have any of the appropriate tools, and all the people I know are college students.

I guess what I'm asking is, does anybody have a shop to recommend. Alternatively, what about taking my chances with Pep Boys or some such? (Have them test the system, see if it holds pressure, and if it does get it recharged.)
jeremy wood
'88 260E ~200,700 miles
- All stock, except for Blaupunkt "Miami Beach"
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Old 05-22-2003, 08:46 PM
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Let's be realistic. You already know you have a leak! You have three choices:
1 Don't do anything and live with it (hot).
2. Recharge it and don't fix. It should last another summer (hopefully).
3. Fix it right. $$$
If you decide to go with #3, don't go to Pep Boys. Go to a real MB mechanic.
Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2003, 08:56 PM
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If I was in your position, I would take it to an MB mechanic and have it recharged, inlcuding uv dye. Next time it leaks out, you can find out where and fix the problem (or have it fixed). It's not worth trying to recharge yourself as without gauges you'll risk overcharging and thus damage.
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