Alero, Grand Am 1999-2005

Recovery & Recharging


This procedure requires the use of Air Conditioning Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling and Recharging (ACR4) System J 35900-B.

Avoid breathing the A/C Refrigerant 134a (R-134a) and the lubricant vapor or the mist. Exposure may irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Work in a well ventilated area. In order to remove R-134a from the A/C system, use service equipment that is certified to meet the requirements of SAE J 2210 (R-134a recycling equipment). If an accidental system discharge occurs, ventilate the work area before continuing service. Additional health and safety information may be obtained from the refrigerant and lubricant manufacturers.

 For personal protection, goggles and gloves should be worn and a clean cloth wrapped around fittings, valves, and connections when doing work that includes opening the refrigerant system. If R-134a comes in contact with any part of the body severe frostbite and personal injury can result. The exposed area should be flushed immediately with cold water and prompt medical help should be obtained.

R-134a is the only approved refrigerant for use in this vehicle. The use of any other refrigerant may result in poor system performance or component failure.

To avoid system damage use only R-134a dedicated tools when servicing the A/C system.

Use only Polyalkylene Glycol Synthetic Refrigerant Oil (PAG) for internal circulation through the R-134a A/C system and only 525 viscosity mineral oil on fitting threads and O-rings. If lubricants other than those specified are used, compressor failure and/or fitting seizure may result.

R-12 refrigerant and R-134a refrigerant must never be mixed, even in the smallest of amounts, as they are incompatible with each other. If the refrigerants are mixed, compressor failure is likely to occur. Refer to the manufacturer instructions included with the service equipment before servicing.

The J 39500-B removes the Refrigerant-134a from the vehicle's A/C system. The recovery procedure uses one filtering cycle. The evacuation procedure uses an automatic multiple pass filtering cycle. These filtering cycles ensure a constant supply of clean and dry refrigerant for the A/C system charging.

The ACR4 recovery tank may have excessive refrigerant tank pressure. Excessive refrigerant tank pressure may be an indicator that the refrigerant tank contains excessive non condensable gas (NCG). This contaminant is usually air. Air is most likely introduced into an A/C system by an incomplete refrigerant evacuation procedure. However, in some instances the charging station may be at fault. Follow the maintenance procedures as described by the equipment manufacturer to prevent excessive refrigerant tank pressure.

Refer to the J 39500-B ACR4 manual for operation and setup instructions.

The ACR 2000 Air Conditioning Service Center J 43600 is a complete air conditioning service center for R-134a. The ACR 2000 recovers, recycles, evacuates and recharges A/C refrigerant quickly, accurately and automatically. The unit has a display screen that contains the function controls and displays prompts that will lead the technician through the recover, recycle, evacuate and recharge operations. R-134a is recovered into and charged out of an internal storage vessel. The ACR 2000 automatically replenishes this vessel from an external source tank in order to maintain a constant 5.45-6.82 kg (12-15 lbs) of A/C refrigerant.

The ACR 2000 has a built in A/C refrigerant identifier that will test for contamination, prior to recovery and will notify the technician if there are foreign gases present in the A/C system. If foreign gases are present, the ACR 2000 will not recover the refrigerant from the A/C system.

The ACR 2000 also features automatic air purge, single pass recycling and an automatic oil drain.

Refer to the J 43600 ACR 2000 manual for operation and setup instruction. Always recharge the A/C System with the proper amount of R-134a.

A/C Refrigerant System Oil Charge Replenishing

If oil was removed from the A/C system during the recovery process or due to component replacement, the oil must be replenished. Oil can be injected into a charged system using A/C Oil Injector tool J 45037.