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1996 tracker A/C question

anyone know FOR SURE what refrigerant a 96 uses? the new stuff or R12? I think minw is a little low, (Not as cold as it was when I bought it.) Thanks
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

Glenn,
It should be 134. I put Factory AC on my 94 KICk in 96 and it was 134. There also should be a sticker under the hood, but I am sure you would have checked there already.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE THE INLETS

small= R-12 (size of your tire valve)
BIG= 134A (size of your pinky finger)
more than likely its 134A
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

Thanks for the info guys, Didn't have a chance to pop the hood yet.(still can't bend!) Is it worth adding a can of the 134 (as long as that what it is) or should I spend the bucks to have it serviced?
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

I've been told that 134A has to be at a certain amount to be effective. If you have too little or too less it won't cool propperly.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

Just checked mine. It's 134a. Can't answer your other question regarding service.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

You could buy a can of the 134 with the hose connected. It will only connect to the 134 system and only to the low pressure side. It is worth a try.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

134A and many other "new" refrigerants are termed AZEOTROPIC BLENDS. This is a blend of a high percentage of an HFC refrigerant (doesn't destroy o-zone), & a HCFC (not as bad for the o-zone as CFC's). Now, in a sealed system the two refrigerants are umm....HAPPY together. BUT, if you have a vapor leak in the system you may loose some or all of one refrigerant before any of the other leaks out. Why? because at a set temperature refigerant X is at a much higher pressure than refrigerant Y. Hope this helps a little. See if you can spot a sightglass on a reciver tank under the hood. Have someone click on the A/C, listen for the compressor to kick in, did it?, did the cond. fan start?, watch the sightglass, look for it to go from "flashing" (some bubbles & some liquid) to a full sightglass of liquid refrigerant. Do this check out then post what you found.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

Bill The sight glass is bubblyall the time, I added a small can of conditioner and oil and it seemed to help some. Should
I add a can of 134 or have it serviced?
It does blow cool just on the hot days it is so/so.
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Re: 1996 tracker A/C question

Glenn, My 85 Subaru has the old stuff so not sure if it applies, but when the sight glass is bubbling I needed to add so refridgarent. A buddy of mine worked at a staton that had it and we used to set the idle up a little and hook up the tank. He would put a thermometer in the vent and we would watch the glass and the bubbles would completely disappear. Can't remember what the temp was at the vent but I'll let you know tomorrow. HTH. Jim
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