Miata's A/C Recharging ('96 model, R134a system)
Yesterday afternoon, I tried to use my Miata's Air Conditioning, and it doesn't feel cold at all while the fans are blowing and the A/C light is ON.... and when I got home, I checked the A/C's fuse, and everything seems fine.
Then I did some online research and trying to figure out what I can do. Further observations concluded that the A/C compressor seems to work - the indication I went by was left radiator FAN was turning ON while turned on the A/C inside the cabin, and that FAN would turn OFF when the A/C is off.
This is the FAN, it should be ON when your AC is ON
It then seemed to me that my problem could be the refrigeriant in the system is LOW. And I thought that recharging refrigeriant(a.k.a. freon) wasn't a task for us DIYer(as I believed that refrigeriants are restricted chemicals) until I found the company Interdynamics. They had GREAT products!
Also, I found the *truth* regarding refrigeriants. Before 1994, automobiles uses the R12 system, which is truely a restricted chemical, as it is ozone depleting. But cars that are built after 1994, will use a new R134a system, which is ozone friendly. So, if your vehicle is built after 1994, you can probably recharge your system by yourself without any problems!
And, once again, I loved the Internet!! Before I left my seat, I already had found the product online thru Parts America, which is also hooked up to Kragen's system, and I have located the product to be IN STOCK @ my local Kragen, just 5 minutes from my home!
|id's EZ Chill Quick Charge R-134a
Charging & Measuring Kit
|id's R-134a Refill &|
Treatment with Maxi Cool
When I got home with my trophy..... and thanks for the *deatiled* HOW-TOs, and *video* on Interdynamics website. I pop'ed the hood, and located the low-pressure port of the A/C core system.
|1) On the left side, near the fuse box,
look for a blue cap
|2) The "Low Pressure" Port is on the thicker,|
|3) De-cap'ed the port
|4) Hooked up the charger|
and the can assembly
|5) With the car starter, A/C ON MAX
Pressing & Holding the Trigger
to Charge the System
|6) Releasing the Trigger to check the Pressure,|
and when the needle points to BLUE,
the system is FILLED
And the work is DONE!
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