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'96 Ls400 A/c Problems


Banshee365

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1996 LS400 with about 180k miles. The A/C is really bad and seems to be leaking coolant because I can recharge it an it's okay. The thought of tracking down a leak horrifies me so I'm wandering what common problems happen to the A/C on these cars to cause these symptoms. Having this many miles I'm guessing maybe the compressor is on it's way out. What should I look at?

-Kelly

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1996 LS400 with about 180k miles. The A/C is really bad and seems to be leaking coolant because I can recharge it an it's okay. The thought of tracking down a leak horrifies me so I'm wandering what common problems happen to the A/C on these cars to cause these symptoms. Having this many miles I'm guessing maybe the compressor is on it's way out. What should I look at?

-Kelly

The compressor is a common problem for gen1. Your '96 should not have this problem. Have your shop put in a dye with the refrigerant to trace the leak. This is not something you should do yourself unless you've worked on a/c systems before. When you mention recharging, are you doing it yourself?

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1996 LS400 with about 180k miles. The A/C is really bad and seems to be leaking coolant because I can recharge it an it's okay. The thought of tracking down a leak horrifies me so I'm wandering what common problems happen to the A/C on these cars to cause these symptoms. Having this many miles I'm guessing maybe the compressor is on it's way out. What should I look at?

-Kelly

Regretably you have little choice but to take it to an A/C specialist and spend a few coins. The only thing I might do myself is tighten the shrader valves to make sure they are firmly seated and do a "spit" test to make sure they are not leaking.

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Regretably you have little choice but to take it to an A/C specialist and spend a few coins. The only thing I might do myself is tighten the shrader valves to make sure they are firmly seated and do a "spit" test to make sure they are not leaking.

And if you're fresh out of spit, you can use some soapy water.

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