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This is a discussion on A/C problems within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I have a 2002 WRX and the A/C stopped working so I took it to a Lambs to have ...

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    A/C problems

    So I have a 2002 WRX and the A/C stopped working so I took it to a Lambs to have them recharge it and was told that the condenser compressor and evap core were all bad partly due to the 80K miles it spent in Minnesota. I put that Stop leak stuff in it for a "cheap" fix that lasted all of like a month. So I have now accumulated most of the parts and know very little about A/C's. Does anyone have any advice or helpful tips as to the replacement of the components?

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    Did you ever get this fixed?

    I have spent the whole summer (in Minnesota) in an a/c nightmare. I have an '02 as well. First replaced the exp valve and evaporator, then had o-ring failures. A month later, more o-ring failures, that turned into the Subaru parts dealer demonstrating their incompetence by sending the wrong o-rings to my shop, then they got the right o-rings in and found a leak in the condenser. Then got that in and the compressor clutch blew out on the test drive. I'm now out about $1800 and am worse off than I started. Still don't know what the underlying cause is ... I'm thinking there must be a clog or something (maybe still bad exp valve) causing the wrong pressures somewhere the weakest link to fail each time.

    I'm not sure what to do next, but may just scrap the whole thing and buy a lottery ticket.

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    why is minnesota so hard on AC units?
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    really cold in the winter, really hot and humid in the summer. Its just hard on cars in general.

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    well my car lived in upstate NY for most of its life so, similar situation.

    the reason i ask is my AC works but only half as well as i think it should, do you think i can just get a recharge or is it failing?

    i have over 100k miles on my car
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    Yeah, if you've never had it recharged it's probably reasonable that its lost some of the freon over 100k, especially with cold temps in NY. You might want to take it in and have them check the pressures to see if its low and do a recharge. If you have a leak, most likely eventually it would empty completely and stop working (the compressor won't turn on if the pressure is too low). There was also a TSB for '02s (I'm not sure what else, probably '03 as well) where the thermosensor on the evaporator was in the wrong place so when it was run for a while on humid days, the evaporator could freeze up and you could lose cooling for a while as it warmed back up.

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