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So i'm finally getting around to trying to get my AC working on my 2007 9-3 2.0T, but wanted to make sure all my ducks are in a row before I do what I was going to try.

The system originally held fluid and pressure, though I think it needed a recharge probably at the time as well. However, I had to disconnect the AC lines in order to have room to work to replace the radiator. So it has no vacuum to start, which I heard can be a problem.

Now i'm looking to get the lines back up to pressure and just bought an A/C Pro Recharge can from Advance Auto Parts. I saw one person on youtube was able to refill their system with just that, but don't know if the lines being evacuated will complicate things.

I found one thread where the reply just said to take it to a mechanic because it's complicated and delicate, but there has to be ways that it can be done by a DIY'er like myself.
Can anybody provide some insight on this?
 

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So i'm finally getting around to trying to get my AC working on my 2007 9-3 2.0T, but wanted to make sure all my ducks are in a row before I do what I was going to try.

The system originally held fluid and pressure, though I think it needed a recharge probably at the time as well. However, I had to disconnect the AC lines in order to have room to work to replace the radiator. So it has no vacuum to start, which I heard can be a problem.

Now i'm looking to get the lines back up to pressure and just bought an A/C Pro Recharge can from Advance Auto Parts. I saw one person on youtube was able to refill their system with just that, but don't know if the lines being evacuated will complicate things.

I found one thread where the reply just said to take it to a mechanic because it's complicated and delicate, but there has to be ways that it can be done by a DIY'er like myself.
Can anybody provide some insight on this?
So i'm finally getting around to trying to get my AC working on my 2007 9-3 2.0T, but wanted to make sure all my ducks are in a row before I do what I was going to try.

The system originally held fluid and pressure, though I think it needed a recharge probably at the time as well. However, I had to disconnect the AC lines in order to have room to work to replace the radiator. So it has no vacuum to start, which I heard can be a problem.

Now i'm looking to get the lines back up to pressure and just bought an A/C Pro Recharge can from Advance Auto Parts. I saw one person on youtube was able to refill their system with just that, but don't know if the lines being evacuated will complicate things.

I found one thread where the reply just said to take it to a mechanic because it's complicated and delicate, but there has to be ways that it can be done by a DIY'er like myself.
Can anybody provide some insight on this?
You should replace the receiver/drier as it has now been contaminated with moisture. You will then need a vacuum pump to pull vacuum on the system. You can then add the correct amount of refrigerant. You should use a manifold-gauge setup for this. A DIY can do all this but it can be tricky your first time. A youtube or two instruction might be useful.
 

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I had considered having a go at recharging my AC after I rebuilt the system (new compressor, drier, condenser and pressure switch) but after looking at the costs and amount of effort involved, I decided to get it done at a garage. I got a groupon discount and it was very cheap.

if it all works out for you then that’s cool, but if somethings not right you’ll be left scratching your head and searching for help. Sometimes it’s best left to a specialist, unless it’s something you’d expect to do all the time.
 
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