My 2001 Ford F150 doesn't seem to be blowing as cool as it used too
last year. It's still cool, but definitely not cold. Is it worth the
$30 to try one of those recharge kits with the built in leak
detector/sealer? Or is this a $100 deal at Ford?
No sense recharging unless you find and seal the leak. The recharge kit
will make things cooler, but whether it will actually seal your leak is
another question. You might check an independent repair shop and see if
they have a freon "sniffer". They can find the leak location in 10 minutes
or less with it. But unless you do that, you'll be adding freon on a very
What will get for $100 at the dealer? If it's just a recharge, then
try the $30 AM stuff. If it's full system check with some credit for
the diagnostic fee if you need a evaporator or compressor, then go for
it. It's there's no credit for the diag fee, I'll bet you can get the
whole job done cheaper at a local AC repair shop,
BTW There are products that are supposed to seal minor leaks in AC
systems. I tried one via a local guy that gave me a one year guarantee
in June. The system blew cold for the summer but when I checked it in
April of the next year, it wasn't working again. I got all my money
back and then donated the van.
In addition, you can buy the major parts online (say, a compressor) and the
dealership will install it. You'll pay labor, of course, and evacuation and
re-charge, but the parts should be about half price.
Do some dealers actually install parts you bought somewhere else?
no. In fact, if I was a dealer, that's what I would do. The quality
of parts varies greatly. I can see all sorts of trouble arising out
of situations like this. For example, suppose you bring the dealer a
cheap Chinese knock off of some part, and when they go to put it in
the holes are off or it cracks when they tighten it? Then a pissing
match starts as to whose fault it is and who has to pay for it, the
extra labor, etc.
In my case, a Houston Chevrolet dealership installed an A/C compressor,
dryer, and valve I bought from a company in Arizona (at less than half the
dealer's parts department price).
You have a point regarding the guarantees, etc., but the service department
profit bucket is not connected to the parts department profit bucket.
Whether the parts department makes money is of minor significance to the
Anyway, it's easy enough to call the dealership's service department. "Will
you install after-market parts?"
id just get a can of freon with the hose and guage and put it in
,,see how long it lasts.have never seen success with the stop leak.. i
got an old ford, been puttin in one can every spring for a few
years.once you have the guage and hose, a can is only 5.00 or so. lucas
I don't know where are you located but in north eastern part
diagnoses will cost you more then $100 then is plus material
and plus labor whatever need to be fix I know because my
friend just had it done.
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