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Got the report back on no cold A/C. The accumulator/hose assembly is leaking. Dealer recommends converting to 134 refrigerant, changing O rings and replacing hose, etc. Estimate is a little over $800. I'm out of my element talking A/C.

Does this sound reasonable? Does anyone have any recommendations either staying with R12 or converting, etc?

Has anyone ever tried patching the accumulator/hose assembly, say with something like POR-15, etc?
 

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1) Don't convert to R-134a.

2) Don't go to the dealer

Contrary to popular belief, R-12 is still is strong supply, and MANY shops still have stockpiles of R-12 and are offering it at a reasonable price. R-12 has not been used in cars since 1993, and the late 90's to 2002 were the "Conversion Years" and doing a proper R-134a conversion requires a lot of steps.

Just changing the accumulator, hoses, o-tube and a recharge with R-12 should cost you no more than $500 at a local garage.
 
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