[Vwdiesel] AC in 91 Jetta service question
tadc at europa.com
Fri Jun 5 11:12:20 PDT 2009
Speaking of home AC maintenance - there was/is a guy on the TDIClub who said
he always charged his and his friends AC with propane! Apparently it works
well and isn't (much) of a fire hazard. :)
Remember that there's no O2 inside the AC system so there's no chance of
fire/explosion, unless you have a leak... and even then unless there's open
flame it doesn't seem likely.
On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 4:47 AM, Tony and Lillie <
tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> I second that, refrigerant (R12, R134, etc) des not break down. I've got
> same R12 in my 1991 V8 that came from the factory, 330K miles on it. Still
> works great. In my years at various shops, never had a problem with any
> of refrigerant "going bad". However, if a late model VW does have freon in
> it, and it's not cooling, look to the compressor. And, do the dryer with
> Also, check the fuses on top of the battery. That "auxilary fuse box" is
> notorious for having issues with burning/melting. We usually wired past it
> with a waterproof fuse link, available at FLAPS. You can replace the
> entirely, but there will be problems in the future again.
> Anyhow, just my .o2, hope it helps someone,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <LBaird119 at aol.com>
> To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
> Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 1:15 AM
> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] AC in 91 Jetta service question
> > Freon doesn't break down into air.
> > You can get a refill kit at parts stores, probably Wal-Mart and
> > such, or yard sales. I have a couple older ones but if it has the
> > conversion fitting/adapter or is a factory R-134a system, you need
> > the adapter/s to fit a refil or gauges onto it.
> > The VW's were notorious for getting pinholes in the evaporator. I
> > spent about $500 at a supposed good shop and even strongly
> > suggested it was the evaporator. I ended up pulling the fan,
> > could see the oil soaked evaporator and put a total of about $150
> > or less into a new evap, drier and o-rings. Took about 2 hours.
> > Still has R-12 and I don't think I've recharged it and that was many
> > years ago.
> > Loren
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