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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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A/C recharging?

OK, here is my scenario. I am in a remote area so no access to a/c vacuum and recharge services/tools. My only option are the DIY cans like Red Tek cans. I am guessing the truck is R134a and cannot find those from Canada but do see them online from the states. Would they go through the border or will I be able to just recharge the system with R22a or R12a or whatever is available in Canada?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 05:55 AM
 
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Adapter's are different between 12 and 134. You can adapt a 12 system for 134. I've done it. I don't recommend going backwards. The sticker to ID which one you have is usually found on top of the rad support. A number of auto parts places carries them here. Shipping may be a problem. They are propane based.
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Just read on a Red Tek can that 12a is a direct replacement for 134a. No retrofit required. Don't know if this is too late but there you go.

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Hey Darryl, Arctic F-150, just looked at your album for the first time. Impressive, really enjoyed it.

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Thanks. just checked and it is R134a. Charge is 2.25lbs and 8 oz capacity. I see Canadian Tire has this not to far from me but will have to get it shipped DG so most likely at a hefty price.

Truck still gets a bit cool. Not max cold like it used to. My concern is would I be able to just add the product in link and would the connection fit on low side? Planning on selling truck as I am getting a '17 Explorer XLT that I really liked with the 3.5L, most of the add-ons. Do not want to damage it if I try this recharge, but at same time would like to get the a/c proper for next owner.
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If that's so then get it done right. A/C in a can is propane based and has led to a few injuries to mechanics not knowing it has it in. Some won't even service it if they find it in the system.

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Thanks. I wish we had a shop that had the chance to do it here. Will most likely just leave it then as is if it is a high risk.
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