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Ac freon / refrigerant for toyota camry hybrid tch 2008 - USA

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Old 06-10-2019, 09:27 PM
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Cool Ac freon / refrigerant for toyota camry hybrid tch 2008 - USA

Hi!

First post here! Hoping I would get some help.

My car blows hot air and I am looking for some help to fix it. (The car was bought used 2 months ago and I think it has been the same since I bought it)

When attached with a gauge, the psi is below 10 at the LOW vent of ac system.

I tried to do some research and found the car hood says the electric compressor takes HFC149a and ND-11 or equivalent oil.

Has anyone got it recharged by Toyota dealership? What prices can I expect?

Had anyone recharged the AC for TCH 2008 at home?

How do I check the oil level and freon level in the system?

Do I have to completely flush to remove air/moisture/freon/oil etc before refilling?

Can I just top off with freon with no additives/sealants/oil etc?

Any help would be much appreciated. I might ask more questions if I get a response.

On a side note I took a bold move and installed a 150$ AGM battery on my car instead of the $300-$400 Panasonic battery.

Thank you!
Stoned
 
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: Ac freon / refrigerant for toyota camry hybrid tch 2008 - USA

Originally Posted by stonedat420 View Post
Hi!

First post here! Hoping I would get some help.

My car blows hot air and I am looking for some help to fix it. (The car was bought used 2 months ago and I think it has been the same since I bought it)

1) When attached with a gauge, the psi is below 10 at the LOW vent of ac system.

2) I tried to do some research and found the car hood says the electric compressor takes HFC149a and ND-11 or equivalent oil.

3) Has anyone got it recharged by Toyota dealership? What prices can I expect?

4) Had anyone recharged the AC for TCH 2008 at home?

5) How do I check the oil level and freon level in the system?

6) Do I have to completely flush to remove air/moisture/freon/oil etc before refilling?

7) Can I just top off with freon with no additives/sealants/oil etc?

8) Any help would be much appreciated. I might ask more questions if I get a response.

9) On a side note I took a bold move and installed a 150$ AGM battery on my car instead of the $300-$400 Panasonic battery.

Thank you!
Stoned
1) sounds low.

2) Not sure about that. According to the Toyota service manual for the 2008 TCH, it uses R134a.

3) No. Don't know. Should be as easy as a phone call.

4) No, but I've done dozens of Prii.

5) You don't check oil level. You assume it's good, and you check freon level via pressure as you have done.

6) No.

7) Yes. That's what I do in 4). The service manual suggests the presence of a site glass on the high side. You slowly add refrigerant until the bubbles disappear. Then you can add 50-100g more before it's full. I just stop right after the bubbles are gone. Once you get engagement of the compressor and some cooling, best to let the system run for 5 minutes on full blast before you finalize the input. Also best to do at 85-95F ambient temp.

8) no more questions. I won't allow it.

9) Might be fine. Might be a mistake. You'll know if you run out of warranty before the battery fails. The original toyota batteries last an absurdly long time. The aftermarket replacements usually don't last nearly as long.

Good luck.

Steve
 
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