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Mechanic thought it was a leaky compressor. However, diagnosing with dye is useless if it’s in the dashboard. It was a leaky AC evaporator coil. You must use leak Sniff detector.
In the end, during Christmas break I replaced the coil in dash, compressor, condenser at 190k miles (25 hrs worth 2.5k). The job is expensive because the whole dashboard needs to be removed. It could have been designed where you could get to the coil without removing the dash like other cars.
First they told my they put Freon in it as it was empty along with dye to see if it is leaking. Was told it could be up to a year before anything showed up as there was no sign of a leak when they ran diagnostics which cost 98.00 but the total cost was $225.00. Picked up car and air still did not work at all. Returned it same day and now they say the it is leaking in the evaporator which is under the "dash" (THANKS A LOT TOYOTA FOR THIS STUPID BUILD)! They have to remove the dash assembly and replace the A/C Evaporator and the "O" Rings and the Expansion Valve for a total of $1425.00 which means the total cost to fix this problem is $1650.00.
I could not wait to DUMP this car (planned on selling before the a/c issue) but now stuck with it as I cannot afford to sell it now and make any money off it to buy anything else.
It has had 3 recalls also.
- Cheryl U.,
Fairfield, OH, US
Ac evaporator went bad with no warning. Vehicle is only 4 years old. Should have been some type of warning that AC was having a problem before it got this severe
Sarasota, FL, US