Poor AC Performance Due to Refrigerant Loss on Mercedes-Benz CLK320

Poor AC performance may be caused by a refrigerant leak from the hose that connects the receiver drier to the AC condenser.

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Average mileage: 92,794 (34,000–198,564)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
13 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
They tried to sell me a new compressor because the existing one was leaking the gas. They wanted $1200. I declined since I found the priciest replacement compressor cost only $400. It is cheaper to simply replace the gas each summer.
new refrigerant freon
leak at the compressor required replacement of the compressor
AC stopped blowing cold air. Two separate technicians diagnosed the repair and recommended a new A/C Compressor, however both determined that the AC Drier was not damaged and did not require replacement (saving me $250-300. Repair costs quoted by both were approx $950. The repair actually costs $979.
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