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this is coming from an ase certified master dealership tech,
dont EVER use the cans for recharging that you can buy at wall mart etc. Many come with stop leak (sounds wonderful, right?) This stuff is the devil, when you have a leak in your ac system you will probably let moisture into the system. Long story short, when this stuff comes into contact with moisture it turns to concrete and you will be replacing every component in your system. Also, your system may not be low/empyt. New ac systems are very picky about the amount of freon in them. The only way to accurately fill one is to empty it and charge it using a scale.
Please just pay a qualified technician(preferably dealer) to do the job
I know where this argument comes from. Just be aware the Prius A/C system is "special" and you can't just use the old methods with it. There is a 540V variable speed electric motor immersed in the A/C fluid. It needs a properly trained tech. with the correct fluid (both amount and type) and correct lubricant, and the THHT (Toyota hand held tool) to run the system. You can currently only find this at a Toyota dealer. -DO- hunt around to find a good dealer. Some -may- be in business for the wrong reasons.
Of course as always the proper sequence of events is:
1. Find out exactly why you need to refill the system (find the leaks, if any).
2. Replace the components that caused the leak.
3. Refill with the proper amount and type of refrigerant and oil.
4. Test for leaks.
5. Test for proper operation.
Pearl is a
2007 Driftwood Pearl Prius
Package "B" (everything but leather, nav, and rear camera)
Last edited by David Beale; 06-03-2008 at 08:22 AM.
Thanks! I guess I'll let the dealer take care of the recharging.
If the "dealer" isn't wise enough to "sub" it out to a competent A/C specialist/technician you are probably better off DIY. These days dealer service personel do not encounter A/C problems often enough for the dealer to retain competent (read "EXPENSIVE") help.