1996 Ford Taurus High Pressure Side leak

Tiny
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  • 1996 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 66,500 MILES
Took my car to the shop and was told it has a leak in the high pressure side of the ac system. They wanted $360 to replace the part (which means the low pressure side would be replaced as well) and then another $100 to evacuate and recharge the freon. Meanwhile, a guy at my work says that I should be able to fix a leak with some R134 that I should be able to get for about $6-7. I got the freon recharged about 6 weeks ago when it was only spitting out mildly cool air. 6 weeks later, I'm at about the same place. Does the shop want too much? Will my coworker's solution work?
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 1:13 PM

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Tiny
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First of all thank you so much for your donation.I need to know exactly what there replacing are they just replacing the high and low pressure hose's?Also if you just recharge it then it's going to just leak out again that's not going to fix it. Also if it's the hose the hose is going to pop at some point and not work at all the hoses get old and brittle from the heat of the engine compartment.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 1:46 PM
Tiny
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Yeah, they're replacing the hoses.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 AT 2:09 PM
Tiny
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If your talking about the most common hose's being replaced the hose going from the compressor to the condensor and from the compressor to the evaporator labor would be 1.9hrs time's 80-100 per hr depending on shop labor rate. The two hose's from auto zone are about 182 plus tax so 360 to replace the hose's would be about right. Also a 100 to charge fall right in that price range again.A/c isn't cheap to fix I hope I have answered all your question's on your a/c problem's if not let me know.
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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 AT 12:08 PM

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