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R-134a retrofit kit for a GL-10?
Posted 27 August 2005 - 12:06 AM
Posted 27 August 2005 - 02:20 AM
Posted 27 August 2005 - 07:23 AM
I prefer this kit to the one Napa has under their brand name (which Kragen also carries under the original manufacturers name) because 1) it has a charge level guage indicator built into the charging hose and 2) the oil and 134a refrigerant are already combined (there's no separate can of oil).
The wagon really cools well since I converted it. I've been doing a lot of driving up and down the Sacremento & San Juaquin vallys and you know how hot it gets there. With the outside air in the high 90s or even over 100, the inside temp is around 70-75 and the compressor is nowhere near running 100% of the time. This is with a Matsus.h.i.ta compressor what was a dealer installed kit put on by the original owner. I still think the factory Hitatchi compressors are the better a/c system - the one in my 3-door cools even better than the wagon and cycles less frequently.
I've used the same kit in my '66 caddy with equally good results.
Posted 27 August 2005 - 07:28 AM
Posted 27 August 2005 - 09:42 AM
Posted 27 August 2005 - 10:35 AM
Ive had 134 systems make ICE on the cabin vents. Dont tell me it aint cold.
Techinally the thermal transfer properties of R-134a are not as efficient as R-12, that same system that iced your vents with R-134a would technically ice them more with R-12
Posted 27 August 2005 - 10:58 AM
1. discharge/flush system at local ac place
2. go home and switch seals
3. recharge system
4. check for leaks
5. enjoy cool air.
Reason I am asking is. My 86 wagon sat in a field for years, developed a leak. Leaked out all of its refrigerent. Then I bought it. Had to remove the evaporator because mice build a nest around/ in it.
Is there anyway that I can do some leak detection at home before I waste a whole conversion kit?
Posted 27 August 2005 - 12:13 PM
Subi, there is an air conditioning specific dye and black light you can buy that is one of the best leak detection methods out there. You just add a little bit of it to your system, run it and drive normally for a day or so, then shine the light around all fittings, along hoses, etc. for green spots where the dye leaked out. There are also electronic leak detectors which don't work quite as well. They beep at you whenever they decect a leak, but they aren't as accurate. Especially for small leaks.
Posted 28 August 2005 - 02:35 AM
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