Mechanics

SOME THINGS STOPED WORKING AFTER BATTERY DIED

1990 Oldsmobile 98 • 113 miles

My car sat up for bout 7 months from beginning of Fall til Spring of 2012. The battery died, I got it tested and it wasn't any good. I bought a new one with good crank amps. After making sure all was good to start, it runs like normal. No stalling, smoke, shaking and fairely quiet. So then I noticed my air conditioning doesn't work, cluch not kicking on, pass side high beam doesn't work with new bulb, and one of my speakers shorted out. I don't know what the problen can be.
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Mystaslim
May 29, 2012.




First check the fuses under the hood and inside the car. They often blow when connecting the battery from the current surges of the computer memory circuits charging up. The air conditioning system could also be out of refrigerant due to a slow leak. The low pressure cutout switch will prevent the compressor from running.

To identify if the speaker is defective, switch it with its mate from the other side of the car. If the same speaker doesn't work, find a replacement at a salvage yard. If the speaker you put in that same location doesn't work, suspect an external amplifier of the wiring. If there is no sound at all from a door speaker, check for broken or frayed wires between the door hinges.

Caradiodoc
May 29, 2012.
Thanks. But wit the refridgerant being low, is there freon I can buy and add instead of r12 and switching out the air conditioning components?

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Mystaslim
May 29, 2012.
There are retrofit kits to switch over to R134 but that is generally not a do-it-yourselfer project. Escaping refrigerant will freeze eyeballs and cause frostbite. Professionals wear gloves, safety glasses, and face shields.

When we first started doing this, we were told R134 needed twice the pressure to get the needed efficiency so the compressor had to be replaced, then the hoses had to be replaced with ones that had nylon inner liners because the molecules were smaller and seeped through the porous rubber easier, and the condenser had to be upgraded to handle the higher pressures. What it has boiled down to now is all you have to do is drain all of the old oil out of the system and the compressor, replace it with "PAG" oil, install adapter fittings on the high and low ports, and charge it with R134. The receiver drier should be replaced too. I did that on my '88 Grand Caravan many years ago and it worked great until it all leaked out from a leak I didn't know about.

Don't go looking for any of the "drop-in" replacements. There's one that's supposed to be environmentally friendly that uses benzene, as I recall, but that will contaminate recovery equipment if the system requires service in the future. Most shops use refrigerant identifiers now before they recover refrigerant and they will refuse to work on any car with these substitute products in them. Stick just with pure R134.

Caradiodoc
May 29, 2012.
Thanks a million. Thought I had to spent hundreds replacing everything. If it works ill try it
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Tiny
Mystaslim
May 29, 2012.
Mystaslim, glad we could be of assistance. How'd that swap out go? Let us know if you need any help or we can close the thread.

Rivermikerat
Jul 30, 2012.

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