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Friends car.
Last week he was having problems with the A/C not cooling.
Put the gauges on and found the TXV was acting strange.
Low was at 50 and the high was 100 at idle. No cooling.
Brought the RPM up and low stayed at 50, but the high went up to 350.
Let it idle again, and low went to 30 with the high at 200.
Fans on all the time.
Told him the TXV needed to be changed.
Took it to return later.
Came by today. A/C dead.
Said he heard a "POP" and strange smell coming out of the vents.
I've never had a evap blow. It's low pressure.
Comp not engaging.
Put the gauges on and no gas.
Read some post here, and saw a number of blown Evaps.
Opened the valve on the gauge, to let what little gas was in there in, comp clutch came on.
Low 50, high 90.
Didn't find any other leaks.
I also read a TBS about the comp, and problems with the condenser.
Dealers here are not the most honest people.
Anyone have links to other TBS with the A/C ?????
Seems like the whole system is junk.
 

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Same thing happened with my old white 2015 forester premium milage was 29k when the blower fan first acted up and then the whole ac compressor next. So dealer ended up changing both and that resolved the issue. Haven't experienced that yet with my Black 2015 forester limited milage now is 40k... Hope it's not that of a major fix like mine cause you will be looking at 2500 in repairs.
 

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The compressor seemed to be working fine before the evap blew up.
TXV was giving problems.
Looking over post here, it seems like the whole system is bad.
Comp, Evap, Cond.
What a pile of junk.
 

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The compressor seemed to be working fine before the evap blew up.

TXV was giving problems.

Looking over post here, it seems like the whole system is bad.

Comp, Evap, Cond.

What a pile of junk.
The vehicle is 4 years old. Things do wear out it just the nature of the beast. Quit complaining and look for the best price to get it repaired also spend time weighing dealership vs independent. Lastly figure if diy is a good option for you since this is usually replace parts use a vacuum pump add recharge refigerant and bring to specs.

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Not my car.
Doing it for a friend.
I only own Nissans.
1999 Frontier that never had to have the A/C worked on.
Even I'm surprised at it.
 

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Got it done today.
Except for one screw on the evap cover, it was not to bad.
Couldn't find a drier bag, so just evacuated longer.
Readings are good at idle, but looks to be starving a 2000rpm.
It's like the TXV is not opening enough.
Anyone know what the readings should be at idle and 2000rpm????
 

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Readings just didn't seem correct.
Thought maybe the drier bag or screen might be plugged up.
Drier and screen attached to the condenser.
Removed the condenser and checked the bag/screen.
Not that bad.
Cleaned the screen, left the bag out, and tried again.
This time everything was good.
Could not find the drier kit, so ordered a condenser from Rock Auto.
Part came in, replaced it.
While pulling vacuum, noticed it wouldn't hold.
Rechecked everything, all good.
Checked the gauges and found the high side coupling leaking.
Time for a new gauge set.
Left the low side on, pulled vacuum, all good.
Recharged and reading look good.
Only thing worried about now is the compressor.
 

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Readings just didn't seem correct.

Thought maybe the drier bag or screen might be plugged up.

Drier and screen attached to the condenser.

Removed the condenser and checked the bag/screen.

Not that bad.

Cleaned the screen, left the bag out, and tried again.

This time everything was good.

Could not find the drier kit, so ordered a condenser from Rock Auto.

Part came in, replaced it.

While pulling vacuum, noticed it wouldn't hold.

Rechecked everything, all good.

Checked the gauges and found the high side coupling leaking.

Time for a new gauge set.

Left the low side on, pulled vacuum, all good.

Recharged and reading look good.

Only thing worried about now is the compressor.
Good job.

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