Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2003 21:21:19 -0400
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Air Con Not That Great '93 C900

KeithG wrote: > > Kenneth S. wrote: > > MeatballTurbo wrote: > > > >>In article <Xns93CF67E341DE8wibbleflipdoodahnopsam133.1.4>, > >> says... > >> > >>>It's been suggested to me that the gas may need topping up. Does this > >>>sound right? How much is this likely to be? Any other things to > >>>consider? > >>> > >> > >>Most likely need topping up. > >>They will try to tell you it needs dye adding to tell you were it has > >>leaked from. > >>Will probably charge you a fortune to fill up, adding the dye as well as > >>the gas. > >> > >>unlike our US/Canadian brothers, we can't just go an get a DIY refill > >>kit off the shelf in out local Walmart (yet). > >>-- > >>The poster formerly known as Skodapilot. > >> > > > > > > I have a leak in the AC on my 1996 900SE -- in the evaporator, very > > unfortunately (because I'm being told it will cost $1,500 to repair, > > $900 of which is the cost of the new evaporator core). However, in the > > course of conversation with the repair shop, I was told that they don't > > just top up the freon in the system. I was told that, with the > > environment-friendly freon now being used, all the freon needs to be > > replaced (cost $150) if the system is being recharged. > > > > I'm not sure when the switch to the new type of freon took place. > > However, I suspect it was before 1993. So, if what I'm told is correct, > > it may be impossible to do DIY top-ups of freon, even in the U.S. or > > Canada. > > > > I've had a slow leak in my AC since I bought my Saab three years ago, > > but it's only recently been traced to the evaporator, via putting dye in > > the system. When the AC is working, it works reasonably well. However, > > the Saab AC isn't capable of turning the inside of the car into a meat > > locker, as is the AC on my Mazda MX-5 Miata, the AC on American cars > > that I've previously owned, and even the AC on the Ford Mondeo that I > > rented during a recent visit to the U.K. > > It should freeze you. that 1500 is bogus, take it to a normal or > independent shop that will service AC. AC condenser is 179.00 at > is down. If you put in a condenser (if that > is it alone), it should be about 100.00 plus R134 at 18.0/lb for about > 2.5 lb. Definitely less than 1500 as I assume that is at a dealer. According to what I'm told by the repair shop, the problem isn't a condensor. It's an evaporator. The $1,500 estimate came from an independent Saab repair place. The generic repair place that I've used for all other cars says $1,200.

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