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Old 22 Jun 2011, 12:32 pm
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Default AC stopped working

My AC stopped working yesterday and I went to a mechanic who said I needed a recharge, $30 and 20min later I was back up and running.

Today it stopped again, went to the same place and he said I have a leak in my condenser, he pointed his flashlight and was like “there it is”.

Is this something that is easy to replace? I am hearing quotes of 300-350 (including parts and labor) which seems like a lot.

I have a 01 pt cruiser with 160K miles and plan on driving it till about 200K and am hoping to get it that far with AC =)

I use my ac a LOT, daily. Even in the winter sometimes (I live in California)
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Old 22 Jun 2011, 03:11 pm
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That price isn't bad. RockAuto.com has them for $211 to $270. It's not that easy to change plus you have to have the right equipment to collect the old R134a and refill to the right specs. So parts and labor for 300-350 isn't bad.
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Old 22 Jun 2011, 06:06 pm
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My first question would be "How does he know that is the leak". For $30 I would have the system recharged and a UV die put in. Then a simple black light would confirm the source of the leak.
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