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  • AC condenser has a leak/hole

    so yesterday after leaving the lake i noticed my ac wasn't very cold and eventually was just room temp by the time i got home. so i go out today to start the truck up and go to a friends house and i hear this hissing noise, well turns out there is a puncture in the condenser and now im too scared to start it and drive it. i dont have the money to fix it now but my main question is will it be alright to drive around for a few day? sorry for the long post

    thanks- alex
    -Alex


    Thanks to:
    Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
    Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
    John @ Kennedy Diesel

  • #2
    Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

    as long as you don't run the a/c and lock up the compressor.


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    • #3
      Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

      you can unplug the a/c comp that way if you accidently push the a/c button on the comp wont turn on.

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      • #4
        Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

        once the a/c pressure drops to unsafe levels(for compressor life), the system won't turn on anyway, totally safe to drive
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        • #5
          Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

          alright thanks guys. guess ill have to do with the windows down in the sweltering NC heat till i get $200 for a new one
          -Alex


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          Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
          Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
          John @ Kennedy Diesel

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          • #6
            Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

            Originally posted by 01SilvyZ71 View Post
            alright thanks guys. guess ill have to do with the windows down in the sweltering NC heat till i get $200 for a new one
            The condenser price is not gonna be the big part of the expense. You will have to get the system evacuated and filled. You should also change the accumulator because it has the desiccant in it that should be changed every time the system is opened.
            '04 Silverado 1/2 ton 2WD ext. cab dk. grey. 5.3 liter, locking diff. XLerator exhaust - offbrand but throaty. Borgeson intermediate shaft, Bilstein HD shocks.

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            • #7
              Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

              Originally posted by Bob T View Post
              The condenser price is not gonna be the big part of the expense. You will have to get the system evacuated and filled. You should also change the accumulator because it has the desiccant in it that should be changed every time the system is opened.
              dangit lol. im installing the condenser but lettin the shop do everything else like a recharge and all that. how much do you suppose that'll run me?
              -Alex


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              Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
              Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
              John @ Kennedy Diesel

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              • #8
                Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                Accumulators are not that badly priced, under $50 usually, probably wouldn't hurt to change the orifice tube as well, it divides the system between high and low pressures and has a screen that also acts as a filter, another cheap under $10 part. Just a little pm while you got the system open.
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                • #9
                  Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                  Originally posted by 01SilvyZ71 View Post
                  dangit lol. im installing the condenser but lettin the shop do everything else like a recharge and all that. how much do you suppose that'll run me?
                  Dunno what it would cost. In the area I now live A/C is not used much.
                  '04 Silverado 1/2 ton 2WD ext. cab dk. grey. 5.3 liter, locking diff. XLerator exhaust - offbrand but throaty. Borgeson intermediate shaft, Bilstein HD shocks.

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                  • #10
                    Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                    Just did this on my '89.

                    Condensor was $180.00 (didn't change out anything else).
                    Local shop charged $75.00 to vacuum and fill. Might be less for a pickup, my Suburban has rear ac which and takes more refrigerant.
                    The crumple zone in my OOBS is the other guy's car.

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                    • #11
                      Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                      Originally posted by ojaijohn View Post
                      Just did this on my '89.

                      Condensor was $180.00 (didn't change out anything else).
                      Local shop charged $75.00 to vacuum and fill. Might be less for a pickup, my Suburban has rear ac which and takes more refrigerant.
                      alright thanks for the info
                      -Alex


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                      Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
                      Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
                      John @ Kennedy Diesel

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                      • #12
                        Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                        oh and one more question, can i run the heat?
                        -Alex


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                        Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
                        Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
                        John @ Kennedy Diesel

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                        • #13
                          Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                          Originally posted by 01SilvyZ71 View Post
                          oh and one more question, can i run the heat?
                          If you pull the electrical connector on the compressor clutch, the A/C won't run; go ahead and run the heat. When you pull that little plug make sure it is in a safe place where belts/pulleys can't eat it. Maybe some zip ties.
                          '04 Silverado 1/2 ton 2WD ext. cab dk. grey. 5.3 liter, locking diff. XLerator exhaust - offbrand but throaty. Borgeson intermediate shaft, Bilstein HD shocks.

                          KJ6LFD

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                          • #14
                            Re: AC condenser has a leak/hole

                            alright, thanks for all the help Mr. T!
                            -Alex


                            Thanks to:
                            Dustin @ Diesel Addiction
                            Rick @ Pro Fab Performance
                            John @ Kennedy Diesel

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