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My Saturn's A/C unit seems to to leaking freon!I Within the last couple of years I'd add coolant to the system, and I'd have cool air, but within a week, nothing. Is this an easy fix? Is it just a matter of replacing or plugging up a hose? I don't want to spend too much money. I've already received a quote of $64.xx, but that's just labor!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Marcia, I recommend you have a dye injected....theres a yellow dye you can ask to hav e injected intbyour hgh side HVAC. This way you can drive for 500miles. And return to shop for a black light inspection. When the light waves over external area of leakage the yellow stands out. Hope this helps write back with further questions.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube The first thing that needs to be done is to run a vacuum test to check for leaks. You may have a leak in one of the hose connections which is easy to fix. The cost of the test is not that much. Et prices from local mechanics.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive A/C repair is best left to licensed a/c technicians. In general, the A/C system is expensive to repair. However filling it up every so often will not fix the problem, and if the refrigerant you are using contains any addatives, including stop leak, it will cause many more (expensive) issues than it will solve. A good tech will be able to find the leak with the proper dye for an ac system and/or an electronic leak detector. Depending on the size of the leak it may take some time to find, and may exceed that initial quote.

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