Sounds like they are just throwing parts at the problem, and at your
expense. If it's out of warranty I'd take to to an independent that
specializes in A/C and one that you can get a recommendation for.
What is the temperatire of the air exiting the vents (after several minutes)?
Any other sounds, etc? What is the pressure readings on both the low and
high pressure sides. These questions should have been answered by them.
FWIW I have found the A/C on my 2001 to be fairly inferior to most. Even
wit it cranked all the way up if gets only cool, not cold. I have a 94 Camry
that will frost your socks. The heat is not very good either. The system
performs marginally at best. I'd hate to live in a very cold climate with it.
Out here in San Jose it's not all that big of a deal.
I had them run a diagnostic. The air was blowing 40 celcius and the pressures were find according to specs. initially they told me that I was using the climate control wrong and I took it back to try for another week but it was getting to be unbearable.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good mechanic in the Raleigh/Cary Area?
I had them do the work since I didn't know of any...but for future reference it would be great to save a little bit of money in the future
the expansion valve?!?!...wierd...it probably got clogged on the gas pulverizing going into the evap coil. This is wierd as hell, all this "valve" is where the discharge from the compressor+comp coil ends and separates into several smaller capillar-like pipes that deliver to the evap's coil.
How much are they charging for the replacement?
If the valve doesnt do the trick, you have a leak somewhere and will probably need to replace either the coil (evaporator's or condenser's) or pump a few pounds of the gas into the system, that will last for a couple months for $15/lb and when it runs out pump a few more, making it a lot cheaper, but eventually the leak will grow untill you have to replace the coil.
Picked up the car this morning and the A/C is noticably much colder, so much so that I turned it off after a few minutes because it was so cold!!
The total was 800 dollars but I pretty much got an new A/C system minus compressor (Replaced condenser, dryer/reciever, and expansion valve, plus recharge)
The work order said that the dryer/reciever broke apart, sending debris down the line which clogged and damaged the expansion valve. Thus, while the A/C was still getting a little cold, it never got as cold as it should be.
I'm happy for the moment (until credit card bill arrives)
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