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    Question Vacuum Pump-Rent/Buy/Borrow in Calgary?

    Hi all - my 1997 Civic just came back from AutoTemp and for $60 they were kind enough to tell me that there's a big leak in my evaporator.

    They were asking for $750 to fix it which I can't afford and it's pretty easy to get to in a Civic so I'm giving it a shot. I've never done A/C work before but I think I can figure out installing the evaporator.

    BUT I don't have a vacuum pump or manifold gauges to test the system with new refrigerant. Does anyone know where I can beg/borrow/buy/rent one of those in/around Calgary? Would rather not drop $200 on a set for a one-time use.

    Thank you!!

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    Could see if u-wrench has some a/c equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    Could see if u-wrench has some a/c equipment
    Sadly they don't, nor do they seem like they want you doing A/C work there unfortunately. Good idea though.

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    Which Autotemp location did you take it to? I have a vehicle that needs the a/c system checked out.

    Not sure of any place that rents out vacuum pumps or manifold gauges. Maybe Canadian Tire, Napa or Auto Value? I haven't seen any parts store that sells R134a either, mostly just R12.

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    If the system is already evacuated, just use one of those RedTek R-12a kits from crappy tire after you change your evaporator. They're only $50 I think. Run it for a couple of weeks, and if it holds it's pressure, go back to Autotemp get it evacuated again and properly serviced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    If the system is already evacuated, just use one of those RedTek R-12a kits from crappy tire after you change your evaporator. They're only $50 I think. Run it for a couple of weeks, and if it holds it's pressure, go back to Autotemp get it evacuated again and properly serviced.
    Where did you hear this? Most AC guys I've talked to say to NEVER use the can shit off the shelf - unless youre just in it for a very short term use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revelations View Post
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    Where did you hear this? Most AC guys I've talked to say to NEVER use the can shit off the shelf - unless youre just in it for a very short term use.
    thats what hes saying. use it to check for leaks. if its good to go then get it properly filled.

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    PM me i just quit my job i have every thing you need and i'll charge it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.M. View Post
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    Which Autotemp location did you take it to? I have a vehicle that needs the a/c system checked out.

    Not sure of any place that rents out vacuum pumps or manifold gauges. Maybe Canadian Tire, Napa or Auto Value? I haven't seen any parts store that sells R134a either, mostly just R12.
    I went to the 42nd Ave location - the one further south apparently doesn't have an A/C tech.

    I wouldn't say they were overly helpful, they said the evaporator had a leak but had nothing else useful to say unfortunately. The diagnostic came to $57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShermanEF9 View Post
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    thats what hes saying. use it to check for leaks. if its good to go then get it properly filled.
    That's exactly what I'm thinking now - I think I'll give it a shot with the R12A stuff and see if the compressor even engages. If not, then I have some more work to do!

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    PM me i just quit my job i have every thing you need and i'll charge it for you.
    That would be amazing! Thanks so much for the offer - I'll shoot you a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cancer man View Post
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    PM me i just quit my job i have every thing you need and i'll charge it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cancer man View Post
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    PM me i just quit my job i have every thing you need and i'll charge it for you.
    Are you offering a a/c recharge service for beyonders? @cancer man

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    sure why not i received enough help from you guys and i will return the favour.
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