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Old 05-17-2011, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone I have done lots of searching but have yet to come up with an answer to my questions.

I am trying to recharge my AC system BUT I don't know what freon to use R12 or R134?

I have a 1999 323is

Second when I turn on the AC it feels like it sucks a lot of power from the engine, therefore doesnt accelerate as quickly or anything, anyone know what could be causing this?

Lastly whats the highest amp alternator that can go on a 323 and where would be the best place to get one?


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Is the green circle where I am supposed to recharge the A/C?

Also the orange circle there is a cap for a substance but what is it for transmission fluid, brake fluid?



Lastly there is a strange noise coming from the back of the car, kind of likee a squealing and its more apparent in reverse then in first and second but only when I let the clutch just coast. Any idea what it might be there is a video of it posted its faint but you can here it.
sorry about the other noise we were driving on gravel




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Does the squealing noise vary in its frequency as you speed up? Does it disappear when you apply the brakes lightly?
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In General the re-gas socket would normally be at the front of the engine bay as it is a maintenance issue for garages... Don't worry about the type because the latest stuff would be used anyway.
As for the squeal (which i couldn't hear)... If at the rear as you say, Could be a dry Differential or diff bearing - check fluids pal... AND check what colour it is too !
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Hey everyone I have done lots of searching but have yet to come up with an answer to my questions.

I am trying to recharge my AC system BUT I don't know what freon to use R12 or R134?
I believe R12 is more expensive. R12 has the tendency of leaking, So R134 eco friendly.
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Since it's a 1999, it has to be an R134-A system.
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