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2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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STSCowboy
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2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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2006 V70 134A AC Charge.

I read in the Volvo Owners Manual the charge is supposed to be 2.2 pounds, I read Motor Specification Guide it’s supposed to be 2.2 pounds. Yet the Placard on the car says 1.54 pounds!

Which is it?

When I bought the car it was undercharged at .44 pounds. The shop serviced it at 2.2 pounds and it worked great for 4 days then it dumped all of the Freon. It’s hooked up at another shop and seems to be holding a vacuum so they are going to charge it to 1.54 pounds and see how the unit performs.
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Re: 2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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Here is an update.

The system held vacuum fine so the AC Shop filled the system with 1.54 pounds of 134A and the system functioned perfectly except a small leak was detected in the condenser. So they evacuated the system and now a search for the best condenser begins as a replacement that is also economically feasible.
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Re: 2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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AC Update

Found the Condenser to hold a vacuum but leak under pressure. I ordered a new Nissen Condenser from FCPEuro and had it installed. All of the source material told the shop to put 2.2pounds of 134A in as a charge. They did and the system operated fine with a 40* Delta between ambient air and Vent Air but I found a decal by the radiator to charge with only 1.53 pounds. So I took the V70 back this morning and they dumped, vacuumed and refilled the system with 1.53 pounds. Today the ambient temps were 95* in So Cal and the Vent Air was 40* so I had a 55* delta in temps which is insanely great!
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Re: 2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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The Nissens is probably good at $75.
According to FCPEuro, it is made in China.

Valeo is OEM, but it is $200.
Next time do the whole thing yourself and save $.
Autozone etc. rents the vacuum pump for free.
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Re: 2006 V70 134A Freon Charge Amount

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cn90 wrote: Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:39 pm The Nissens is probably good at $75.
According to FCPEuro, it is made in China.

Valeo is OEM, but it is $200.
Next time do the whole thing yourself and save $.
Autozone etc. rents the vacuum pump for free.
I have the equipment to do it myself, I have the knowledge and skills to do it myself. I’ve been an ASE Mechanic and an Aircraft Mechanic for 30+ years. Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing it and it’s easier to work double-time at work and sit on your butt than digging into doing the job yourself.
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