Ok, I've finally gotten some time to check this out. I turned on the A/C and finally understand how to tell if the compressor is on (by the middle of the pulley spinning) so I left the A/C on for a little bit with all settings on high and the compressor never shut off. I watched it for about 15 minutes and it stayed spinning.
I also decided to check if it was low on refrigerant however I was slightly confused as my car's pipes are set up a little different and I don't have a looking glass.
Most instructions say to check the line that goes from the receiver/drier to the condenser for coldness yet I have no line like this.
On my car, I have a big pipe going from the compressor to the receiver drier and then at the top of the receiver drier, the big pipe continues to the top of the evaporator. Both of these lines are equally cold to the touch. At the bottom of the evaporator, a small line goes from it to the condenser. This line is warm. And finally, I have a medium-sized line that goes from the condenser to the compressor. This line gets very hot.
Friday, September 11th, 2009 AT 4:15 PM