Crossfire 2006-2008

Leak Testing

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CAUTION
Only a MVAC-trained, EPA-certified, automotive technician should service the A/C system or its components. Please refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.

If the air conditioning system is not cooling properly, determine if the refrigerant system is fully-charged. An electronic leak detector designed for R-134a refrigerant is recommended for locating and confirming refrigerant system leaks. Refer to the operating instructions supplied by the equipment manufacturer for proper care and use of this equipment. An oily residue on or near refrigerant system lines, connector fittings, components, or component seals can indicate the general location of a possible refrigerant leak. However, the exact leak location should be confirmed with an electronic leak detector prior to component repair or replacement.

To detect a leak in the refrigerant system, perform one of the following procedures:

System Empty




CAUTION
Only a MVAC-trained, EPA-certified, automotive technician should service the A/C system or its components.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Evacuate the refrigerant system.
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  5. Connect and dispense 10 ounces (0.625 pounds or 0.283 kilograms)
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  7. Position the vehicle in a wind-free work area. This will aid in detecting small leaks.
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  9. With the engine not running, use an electronic R-134a leak detector and search for leaks.
    1. Because R-134a refrigerant is heavier than air, the leak detector probe should be moved slowly along the bottom side of all refrigerant lines, connector fittings and components.
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  11. To inspect the evaporator coil for leaks, insert the electronic leak detector probe into the center instrument panel outlet.
    1. Set the blower motor switch to the lowest speed position, the A/C button in the On position, and select the Recirculation Mode.
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System Low




CAUTION
Only a MVAC-trained, EPA-certified, automotive technician should service the A/C system or its components.

  1. Position the vehicle in a wind-free work area. This will aid in detecting small leaks.
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  3. Bring the refrigerant system up to operating temperature and pressure. This is done by allowing the engine to run with the air conditioning system turned on for five minutes.
  4.  
  5. With the engine not running, use an electronic R-134a leak detector and search for leaks.
    1. Because R-134a refrigerant is heavier than air, the leak detector probe should be moved slowly along the bottom side of all refrigerant lines, connector fittings and components.
    2.  

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  7. To inspect the evaporator coil for leaks, insert the electronic leak detector probe into the center instrument panel outlet. Set the blower motor switch to the lowest speed position, the A/C button in the On position, and select the Recirculation Mode.
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