Took my 99 to an independent shop recommended by a friend. My A/C no longer pumps cold air. I had added 134a a couple of time, and knew there was a refrigerant leak in the system. The last time I added refrigerant, it had leaked out by the next day. So, I knew the leak had gone from just a little bit, to really bad.
The shop owner pointed out to me, that after doing a dye analysis, that the condenser is leaking at the bottom on the passenger side. Also, that the high pressure "pipe" connecting at the bottom corner of the condenser (very near the condenser leak) was also leaking. I could easily see the dye mark on the side of the condenser meeting where the "pipe" is threaded into the condenser. It looked to me that the "pipe" could still be good, but the shop tech said, no, the pipe is leaking too. Is this a common problem on Subies? Is it more likely that it is only the condenser that is leaking, or do the pipes have a reputation of leaking to? The shop owner quoted me $600+ for parts, but said if I wanted to, I could buy my own parts to save money, and he would install and recharge the system. So, pretty decent of him to do this, as most shops don't allow this.
I did some window shopping on line for a replacement condenser, and see prices ranging from $70 to $461.00. The cheapest at $70 was from Auto Part Warehouse for their Kool Vue A/C condenser. Is that going too cheap for a condenser? The pipe I found cost $81.00 at My Subaru Parts.com., but am unsure if I really need a new pipe. Would a pipe really go bad??
Thanks for any advise or thoughts.............Rooster2...........Larry
Edited by Rooster2, 18 October 2013 - 02:02 PM.