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...does this mean it's just run out of refrigerant (freon) and needs to have it replaced?

Or is there a leak somewhere?

Or does the compressor need to be replaced?

Anybody have any idea what are some reasonable prices to expect for these types of services?

2012 Hatchback, only 78K miles and AC is not used often since we are in the northeast.
 

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It could be any of the above.
As for pricing, that will vary from region to region. I am in the midwest, and my costs may be lower, or higher than your area.
 

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...does this mean it's just run out of refrigerant (freon) and needs to have it replaced?

Or is there a leak somewhere?

Or does the compressor need to be replaced?

Anybody have any idea what are some reasonable prices to expect for these types of services?

2012 Hatchback, only 78K miles and AC is not used often since we are in the northeast.
Your best bet would be to take it into an AC shop and get it diagnosed. You can be spinning your wheels and spending a lot of your cash trying to find out what the problem is without the proper equipment. Good luck....................
 

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First check if the AC fuse is blown.
You said in another thread that you think that the electric system in your car is not 100%....that may be part of the issue.

Otherwise I would say that the compressor could be bad...


If you have a pepboys location close to you they might still offer the AC diagnostic for free.
 

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you might consider just purchasing refrigerant from Walmart and charging the system yourself. It'll cost you about $10-$12.
 

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Thanks for all the input, guys.

So almost 4 weeks later, I've been dragging my feet on getting this AC fixed and now that the heat and humidity are ramping up here in New England, the wife is getting more and more grumpy about it. :LOL:

Got some quotes today, from an independent garage as well as a Nissan dealer, surprisingly both were more or less the same:
$120 diagnosis fee (garage said $60-120, dealer said flat $120)
$120 recharge
$700-1000 compressor replacement if needed

I think I will follow the advice of @nissanfool and try to recharge the system myself first. A google search got me to this:

Assuming it really is that easy to recharge one's AC yourself, $30 is much wallet-friendlier than $180-240!

More importantly, I want to eliminate any possibility of someone telling me to replace the compressor if the recharge is actually all that is needed.

Whatch'all think?
 

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try of course that first, if you need a replacement you can always look for the part yourself.
 

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try of course that first, if you need a replacement you can always look for the part yourself.
Oh, I don't think I could replace a compressor by myself. Don't have the tools or skills, unfortunately.
 

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maybe not, but you could provide the part and maybe find a cheaper place to install it :)

well, I hope you just need the recharge!
 

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maybe not, but you could provide the part and maybe find a cheaper place to install it :)
well, I hope you just need the recharge!
Yeah, $1200 repair really hurts on an 8 year old car with almost 80K miles on it already...probably 1/4 of its resale value!

Anyway, the Nissan USA site gives me 4 different AC compressors but provides zero product differentiation so I have no idea what the most expensive models offer vs the least.
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Yeah, $1200 repair really hurts on an 8 year old car with almost 80K miles on it already...probably 1/4 of its resale value!

Anyway, the Nissan USA site gives me 4 different AC compressors but provides zero product differentiation so I have no idea what the most expensive models offer vs the least.
Nissan USA link]
you need to search by VIN, try at nissanpartsdeal. With the vin you should get your exact part number.
 

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Have you gone the recharge route yet? It usually is good to spend the $150-$200 for a recharge. They remove all old R134 and put the system under a vaccuum for 10-30 minutes
to make sure there are no leaks, then recharge. I just had my A/C inspected and recharged a few weeks ago. Best $140 I have spent on that car.

Also look for shops that have coupons, or give free A/C checks.

If you do need a compressor, you need part # 92600 CJ63D
That is both compressor and clutch.
 

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you need to search by VIN, try at nissanpartsdeal. With the vin you should get your exact part number.
Oh wow, thanks so much! Worked like a charm. I'll try the Wallyworld self-recharge tomorrow, and if that fails then will order the compressor Monday.
 

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Have you gone the recharge route yet? It usually is good to spend the $150-$200 for a recharge. They remove all old R134 and put the system under a vaccuum for 10-30 minutes
to make sure there are no leaks, then recharge. I just had my A/C inspected and recharged a few weeks ago. Best $140 I have spent on that car.

Also look for shops that have coupons, or give free A/C checks.

If you do need a compressor, you need part # 92600 CJ63D
That is both compressor and clutch.
Thanks, that's the part I found.

That's nice that they remove the old refrigerant and inspect for leaks. I guess I'm a little paranoid about them SAYING I need a full compressor replacement if I really don't...I mean, how would I know if they were telling me the truth or not? Especially if I went to a dealer. That's why I am thinking a $30 DIY recharge would let me first eliminate that possibility at least.
 

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Pay to have it done right and make sure the system is sound.

If it becomes an expensive proposition, you always have 4-55 air conditioning!
 
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I would second that. AC can be very expensive and also is a safety feature!!
You can find some deals and have it checked and recharged at a decent price :)
 

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For anyone else who stumbles across this thread.

4-55 air conditioning is 4 windows down driving 55 M(K)PH
 
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Was for evacuation, inspection, and recharge.
Basically was evacuate the system, pull a vaccuum and hold for a period of time, with leak inspection happening at this time, then recharge the system.
 
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