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My name is Cynthia...I recently went to my mechanic because my A/C isnt blowing out cold air...I knew if was the freon(sp) because when my car was serviced a few months prior the computer picked up that the freon was low. To my surprise, he says that the condenser needs to be replaced ( I was in a minor collision last year and had minor front bumper damage). He says that it needs to be replaced because the impact of the collision caused a nail from the grill to more or less drill a hole in the condenser...sounds fishy to me because after the accident (and before the bumper was fixed) I used the ac with no problem. The parts come up to about $400 and the labor is a insane $950 (he says that the bumper has to be taken off and etc etc which is why it would take so long). I wont attempt a DIY but do you think what I am being told is accurate? I am in NYC and it is all of 98 degrees at 10:30 am. Im hot I am tired of being taken for a ride by these mechanics...I have such a hard time getting an honest answer from these SOB's! Please advise asap on how I can get my AC working. BTW if I were to put the AC on, it simply blows VERY HOT strange smell, no funny noises, just HOT HOT air. Thanks for your help in advance.

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Why not go to another Inde, and simply ask them to re-charge your a/c? It doesn't cost much. See what happens then.
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Good idea KH! Thanks!

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If you were in a front end accident, then there is a strong possiblity that you did puncture the condenser or a hose leading to it/from it. You can buy a few cans of R-134a (NOT FREON!!!....... that is R-12), with a gauge and some PAG oil, and fill the system yourself. If the leak is fairly large, you may be able to hear the leak and you will notice no charge in the system after a day or two. You will also see an oily residue at the leak site. The leak may be SO small that it will hold a charge for 2 months and get you though the summer. It may be better to spend a couple $$$ on R-134a/oil every cooling season, versus spending the big bucks fix the problem, especially if you plan to sell the car in another year or two.
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You can also add a can of r134a with the UV dye in it. It would then be pretty hard to miss where the leak was if in fact there is one. Also if insurance took care of your front end bump initially, then they ought to pick up the tab on the condenser, since it was caused by the same incident. The mechanic ought to back you up on that.

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