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Owner of a 1996 Impala. I did some research on the forum and have a better understanding of the A/C system. My cars A/C was working about a year ago prior to moving to the Mohave Desert. I now have my car parked in my garage and it's driven only twice a month. Well two weeks ago I couldn't take the 115 degree heat and wanted some A/C. The A/C system was turned on and only blew hot air. I went to AutoZone and explained my story to them and they told me just to add R134 to the system. So I followed the instructions and added the R134. Correct me if I'm wrong: The pulley on the compressor is the clutch right? If so, once I added the R134 with the A/C on high, the pulley (clutch) would come on and off and on and off and so forth. Finally my question, I was thinking I needed to add more R134? If that doesn't work, I'm taking it to the professionals. Am I on the right path? Thanks.
 

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How much did you add? The amount of charge needed is listed on the sticker on top of the accumulator/dryer (silver canister at passenger side firewall).
 

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Long story short....You NEED a set of gauges to properly service the A/C system. There is no way to tell if you have the correct amount of refrigerant in the system without them.
 

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you hear the clutch kicking in and out becuase it's low on freon.

find the leak and fix it. or if you wanna go the cheap route just dump a couple cans in it a year
 

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I will check that out when I get home today. I don't think I added enough and if so I must have a leak most likely. Thanks for the assistance.

How much did you add? The amount of charge needed is listed on the sticker on top of the accumulator/dryer (silver canister at passenger side firewall).
 

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I live on a military installation in the middle of nowhere and they have a auto craft shop here so I will check with them for gauges. They have everything you need to service a vehicle. I will see. Thanks.

Long story short....You NEED a set of gauges to properly service the A/C system. There is no way to tell if you have the correct amount of refrigerant in the system without them.
 

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Check your A/C line's that tend to 'ride' on the pass. side upper control arms, that's where mine leaking.
 
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