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my ac compressor kicks on then kicks after 5 seconds or so
1996 Dodge Ram Van 2500

My ac compressor kicks on then kicks after 5 seconds or so

(1996 Dodge Ram Van 2500)
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of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
There are several possibilities but the most common is low refrigerant charge from a leaking system.
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on March 18, 2015
I filled it, what's next?
of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
How do you knOw it was low? How did you know how much refrigerant to put in?
on March 18, 2015
it wasn't blowing cold air it's at for 10 years so I put hey can of AC pro in there and I bought the gauge up to green the compressor was originally off but I put the refrigerant in and it kicked on then all then on again
of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
You need more equipment and understanding to get that system performing like it should. Only using a low side pressure gauge is not going to give you enough information. One can of refrigerant probably isn't enough if it was so low that the compressor clutch wouldn't engage initially. I would recommend finding a professional legitimate shop to assess the system for you and give you an estimate. There should be a fee associated with the testing assessment process.
Not to mention, If the system is low, it has a leak and should be properly repaired.
on March 18, 2015
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of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
There are several possibilities but the most common is low refrigerant charge from a leaking system.
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on March 18, 2015
I filled it, what's next?
of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
How do you knOw it was low? How did you know how much refrigerant to put in?
on March 18, 2015
it wasn't blowing cold air it's at for 10 years so I put hey can of AC pro in there and I bought the gauge up to green the compressor was originally off but I put the refrigerant in and it kicked on then all then on again
of Assured Auto Works on March 18, 2015
You need more equipment and understanding to get that system performing like it should. Only using a low side pressure gauge is not going to give you enough information. One can of refrigerant probably isn't enough if it was so low that the compressor clutch wouldn't engage initially. I would recommend finding a professional legitimate shop to assess the system for you and give you an estimate. There should be a fee associated with the testing assessment process.
Not to mention, If the system is low, it has a leak and should be properly repaired.
on March 18, 2015

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