Taurus A/C Question

Tiny
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I have a 2001 Taurus SEL w/ 95,000 miles and V6 engine. The A/C stopped blowing cold over the weekend. I bought a recharge kit that has the gauge built in. When I start the car and turn the A/C on max, the kit says to attach the gauge to the low side. When I do, I can hear the compressor cycle and the gauge rises to 45, when it cycles again, the gauge drops to 15. It keeps repeating this, and it never blows cold. After driving a while it seems to blow cool air, but never cold. HELP!
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 AT 8:11 PM

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Tiny
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"if you want to greatly improve your A/C. Engine cooling performance. Let me know."

OK, you've got me curious. I'm having the same problem and want to greatly improve my A/C. Engine cooling performance.

What do I let you know?

1997 Taurus XL, 135,000 miles
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 9:54 PM
Tiny
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Well, ok, I didn't cover the gauge with black tape, instead I used a heavy dose of self-control and ignored it.

Added freon until the cycling stopped, then brought the pressure up to 35 psi. It was 76 degrees outside and I was shooting for 40 psi, but 35 was either all the system would take, or my third 12 oz can was empty. In either case, I'm now getting very cool air, tho certainly not COLD.

So I guess that's good enough and mostly I'm glad that some major component isn't broken.

So justanold, many, many thanks, you've saved me a lot of worry and a trip to the shop. Your generosity in taking the time to answer questions like these is greatly appreciated. :D

Just made a $15 donation for your answer.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 AT 10:15 PM
Tiny
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I have been told that if I need refrigerant, then I have a leak in the system. If I follow your lead, I will have cold for a while but then it will all leak out again if I listen to my mechanic. They want to put dye in the system, recharge it and then have me run it until it blows hot again. Im so confused? :
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Sunday, September 16th, 2007 AT 11:05 AM

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