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Re: Abarth 500 - Boom after overcharged with offshelf gauged stopleak refrigerant can

Yes.. takes a few minutes, doesn't cost soooooo much more than the aerosol cannisters, if you hunt around for a promotion especially... and if they blow it up, you'll at least be able to re-assure them that all the nuts and bolts will come off easily, since they were done not long ago..


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Yes.. takes a few minutes, doesn't cost soooooo much more than the aerosol cannisters, if you hunt around for a promotion especially... and if they blow it up, you'll at least be able to re-assure them that all the nuts and bolts will come off easily, since they were done not long ago..


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I am a bit surprised the over/under pressure switch didn't cut the system off before it went bang, I had a similar case many years ago when someone over filled the system there was a loud clap as the pressure switch cut off the compressor?
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The big issue has been that I have not been able to get the compressor to turn on anymore. I also bought a vacuum pump and professional gauges this time around, but when even after hours of running vacuum pump it would not hold a vacuum.

just for kicks I blocked off one end off the evaporator, put underwater and put compressed air in it to see if it would atleast show some evidence of leak and it's not looking like it is the issue. if it had a hole it would have to be big but no signs of anything that large yet.

I know refrigerant is thinner than regular air but no signs of uv dye or air leaks yet. atleast that big. I am going to buy an evaporator, and expansion Valve since I've gotten this far and just chuckle at the fact that I might have taken this whole thing apart and the evaporator was not it. Thanks for the advice on the blend doors I will check those out as well.

the hunt continues. will keep everyone posted. I have been taking hundreds of pictures and videos of how every is layed iut incase someone needs any reference in the future.
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Hi , have you gotten any further with the repairs , thanks
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Re: Abarth 500 - Boom after overcharged with offshelf gauged stopleak refrigerant can

Well turns out it was just a 50 dollar high pressure AC that had a leak. The car did what it was supposed to do and burst a hose before blowing out the condenser.
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Another thing I will recommend is buying the original hose from the dealer. The after market ones or the ones you get repaired can kink especially if it has a U shape turn. the hose material is thinner started kinking / blocking restricting flow.

to say the least, the AC issue turned out to be a nightmare but it's all behind.

well almost. Now it has an issue with the condenser fan not going into highspeed with AC on . I sawpped the relay still nothing. It's only an issue when car is sitting at light or not moving but I'm just so over the AC dilemma I just live with it for now.
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after market hose from big AC supplier that sells on eBay.
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