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What's wrong with my car A/C? Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25505 posts
15th Jul '13

I have a mini van and my AC just is being a pain. It blows air. It starts out semi cool then goes warm. The back of my van, no matter how I mess with the knobs only blows warm/hot air. I can only get cool air from the front and for a short period of time. Could I be out of some kind of liquid? Does it need "charged" whatever that means haha any help would be nice, I don't have a ton of money to get it fixed but it sucks I can't go anywhere because my kids get too hot.

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59290 posts
15th Jul '13

Could be a few things. The compressor might be pricey if that's what's wrong, but I'd get it checked out.

PJ&C 2 kids; Arizona 18480 posts
15th Jul '13

Do you have aamco near you?

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
15th Jul '13

You can buy a can of the stuff at any auto parts store. You then hook it up & squeeze a trigger to fill it up. I think it's like $20 - $30.

Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25505 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting The Doctor:" Could be a few things. The compressor might be pricey if that's what's wrong, but I'd get it checked out."


Poo, is there a way I can like check the fluid myself to rule that out or no?

♥MomToSilas+1♥ Due December 9; 1 child; ., IL, United States 10912 posts
status 15th Jul '13

Yep. Sounds like you need a Freon recharge. Its really not that expensive at shops. And depending on where you live you may be able to buy it and do it yourself. (In WI you cant buy Freon in a store but you can buy it in IL)

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10418 posts
status 15th Jul '13

It probably does need "charged". You can actually buy do-it-yourself kits at Wal-Mart. :D

He Who Must Not Be Named 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59290 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting ~MOM~ 16 weeks:" Poo, is there a way I can like check the fluid myself to rule that out or no?"


I have no idea. haha! I'm not at all handy with a car.

♥MomToSilas+1♥ Due December 9; 1 child; ., IL, United States 10912 posts
status 15th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ~MOM~ 16 weeks:</b>" Poo, is there a way I can like check the fluid myself to rule that out or no?"</blockquote>




Do you have an autozone near you? They can check it for you for free.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7852 posts
15th Jul '13

It sounds like you need free-on. (The stuff that cools the air..) You can pick some up at Walmart for like...$15 bucks with the hose adapter you need to put the stuff in. I wouldn't do it yourself if you have no idea about cars, though.

PJ&C 2 kids; Arizona 18480 posts
15th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥MamaToSilas♥:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ~MOM~ 16 weeks:</b>" Poo, is there a way I can like check the ... [snip!] ... myself to rule that out or no?"</blockquote> Do you have an autozone near you? They can check it for you for free."</blockquote>




this! also aamco does free ac checks.

Momlette of 3 Due December 25 (girl); 3 kids; Ohio 25505 posts
15th Jul '13

Thanks everyone!!

Mommy of a giggler! 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 9017 posts
15th Jul '13

I have a 2009 Dodge grand caravan and just had the same problem. Lucky for me, my cousin owns an shop! He did the recharge (thinking that was my issue) and it all drained out in the one day again. In my model of van, the line that runs from the front to the back is not protected worth shit. It's supposed to be "protected" by the wheel wells... ya..... so I got a rock through the line, putting a big hole in it and screwing the whole thing. Good thing I get a family discount because the fix cost me $1200 WITH the discount!