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#1 (permalink) Old 07-12-2004, 01:25 AM
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My A/C blows out air no problem, but the air coming out isnt as cold as it should be. Would this be cause by it being low on freon?? I know this is probably a stupid question so go easy on me

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Yeah sounds like it needs a recharge

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how much do recharges normally run? that seems to be the same problem with me in my 92 318is.
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I had to pick some up for my 1989 325i and I dont think I paid more than $40 for it. This was about 3 years ago so I'm not too clear on it.

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alright ill look into it..any thoughs from anyone else? im about to die of heat exhaustion
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get the mechanic or whoever changes it to put dye in with the recharge fluid. That way, if there's a large leak, you can spot the problem and save a lot of time & money fixing the problem if there is a problem. (like I learned the hard way, 3 recharges in the past 8 months and still broken)


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it may be low or it may also be due to a faulty expansion valve. It could be because the expansion valve is faulty and causing a leak. Could also be the compressor leaking and near death. Those are the most common break downs in the system. I would double check for leaks first before replacing anything.

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Well I have the same problem as you do, I got it checked out and it was'nt low on Freon. My condensor (or compressor) is gone, and it needs a replacement. Its quite expensive some were around $1000 to $1500 which I don't have. So I been driving with my windows down all this time.
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^ditto about the windows....only because i didnt have $150 just for the mechanic to look at my car..
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My condensor (or compressor) is gone, and it needs a replacement. Its quite expensive some were around $1000 to $1500 which I don't have.
I think the mechanic or dealership is pulling your leg.
Yah, labor is a pain, and you need to replace the receiver\dryer to prevent acid buildup in the system.
Call bavauto and ask for a price for those two. Around 500$ for both parts combined, the 1000$ figure was probably with labor included.


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