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Amazon has InterDynamics EZ Chill Reusable AC Refrigerant Gauge and Hose Kit on sale for $9.44. Shipping is free with Prime or orders $25 or more.

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Key Features:
  • Reusable R-134a gauge & hose
  • Easy-to-use thumb lever dispenser
  • Gauge displays pressure reading for accurate fill
  • 90 degree coupler for ports in tight positions
  • Compatible with both sealed and self-sealing R-134a cans.

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Amazon [amazon.com] has InterDynamics Car Air Conditioner Refrigerant Gauge and Hose, EZ Chill Reusable AC Recharge Kit for Cars, Trucks for $9.44. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime or on orders $25+.
  • Reusable R-134a gauge & hose
  • Easy-to-use thumb lever dispenser
  • Gauge displays pressure reading for accurate fill
  • 90 degree coupler for ports in tight positions
  • Compatible with both sealed and self-sealing R-134a cans.
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Ideally won't fit the 'H' side.. adding to the high side can stress the compressor even more. And as other experienced members have noted; this is for those dire cases where consumers are trying to just get a few days of cool in an old system that likely won't make it to BE repaired.. (And for Gawd's sake, avoid the crap with sealants IF you Ever intend to have a shop Touch your A/C again - that gunk can ruin their pricey gear!) I'm in Florida, IN summer- trust that I feel your sun-cooked pain!

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A common cause of a car's AC not working is a loss of refrigerant, generally caused by a leak. A mechanic should drain the system, find and fix the leaks until the system can hold pressure, then refill the system with a proper amount of refrigerant. However, this system can be used to pump refrigerant into the system until a certain pressure is reached. The problems are: (a) there may still be a leak; (b) the refrigerant is supposed to be measured by mass, but these self-service tools can only measure by pressure so it might be off; (c) many bottled refrigerants contain sealants that may cause trouble down the line; (d) the system needs oil, which is not being supplied; and (e) the system may now contain moisture.
If you have a car 1994 or newer and the air conditioning doesn't blow cold this kit will allow you to add Freon so the air conditioner works for a while.

Of course if your car is low on Freon that likely means you have a leak. To fix that you would need to take apart all the hose connections and replace the o-rings, then use a vacuum pump to evacuate the system and then add Freon. Of course the cost for all the equipment to do all that is roughly the same as taking the car to a mechanic and saying fix my air conditioner.
Unless you system has a total / almost total loss of pressure you'll be fine, slow leak, perhaps taking years between 'charges.' If you have a bad leak, recharging will not likely help for days if at all.

That is why god created pressure-temperature charts (that can be found online and normally come with these kits)

That has not been the case for decades. The sealants no longer not 'gum up' internals like in the days of ol. They only react to the presence of moisture* and sometimes cause o-rings / gaskets to swell (making a tighter seal).)

Unless you had a complete blow out, oil is still in the system. Also many of these kits do supply some oil. Also they tend to contain *moisture neutralizers for inside the refrigerant loop (and preventing sealants from reacting where they shouldn't). There are many recharge kits: with oil, without oil, with sealants, without sealants, with UV dye, without dye, moisture neutralizers, no moisture neutralizers, or pure refrigerant if you don't like additives.

But you are right, in a perfect world you'd drop your car off at a mechanic then pickup your revitalized AC a day later. But that $1000 difference in price is where the problem is. $30 does have a few downsides over actually doing a true "repair" but if it fails, you'll be a square one either way.

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Also at Walmart, if you'd prefer that store: https://www.walmart.com/ip/EZ-Chi.../576212178
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YouTube guides:

From the company: https://youtu.be/3u07JpIv6C4

From FlannelGuyDIY https://youtu.be/U8DNAtN-Lxc
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Explain it like I'm 5?
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A common cause of a car's AC not working is a loss of refrigerant, generally caused by a leak. A mechanic should drain the system, find and fix the leaks until the system can hold pressure, then refill the system with a proper amount of refrigerant. However, this system can be used to pump refrigerant into the system until a certain pressure is reached. The problems are: (a) there may still be a leak; (b) the refrigerant is supposed to be measured by mass, but these self-service tools can only measure by pressure so it might be off; (c) many bottled refrigerants contain sealants that may cause trouble down the line; (d) the system needs oil, which is not being supplied; and (e) the system may now contain moisture.
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Explain it like I'm 5?
If you have a car 1994 or newer and the air conditioning doesn't blow cold this kit will allow you to add Freon so the air conditioner works for a while.

Of course if your car is low on Freon that likely means you have a leak. To fix that you would need to take apart all the hose connections and replace the o-rings, then use a vacuum pump to evacuate the system and then add Freon. Of course the cost for all the equipment to do all that is roughly the same as taking the car to a mechanic and saying fix my air conditioner.
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Temporary fix/ blast of cold air. Got it. Thanks!
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Got this for almost $20 just two weeks ago, it worked very well, the hose is very short though, depending on what car you have, you might have only a very tiny space to turn the refrigerant bottle from side to side.

A few more inches longer would be perfect, that's what she said.
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This is the only consumer gauge that I have that still works properly. As noted by others, this isn't the perfect solution for everyone. Warning, never overcharge your system. At best you get intermittent cold air, at worse your compressor breaks and needs to be replaced, possibly along with other components.
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Your mommy and daddy give you $10 to open a lemonade stand. So you go out and buy cups and lemons and you buy sugar but it only costs you $9.
So you have an extra dollar. You can give that dollar back to mommy and daddy but guess what, next summer… you'll be 6, but they will only give you $9 to run the stand.
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It's crazy how much these prices have sky rocketed. They're nearly double what they were 1-2 years ago. If for some reason you really do only need the adapter hose this is a fair price, but not a good deal IMO. You're better off buying the combo where the refrigerant bottle and hose come packaged together.
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Does this guage only fit the low preasure port?
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A common cause of a car's AC not working is a loss of refrigerant, generally caused by a leak. A mechanic should drain the system, find and fix the leaks until the system can hold pressure, then refill the system with a proper amount of refrigerant. However, this system can be used to pump refrigerant into the system until a certain pressure is reached. The problems are: (a) there may still be a leak; (b) the refrigerant is supposed to be measured by mass, but these self-service tools can only measure by pressure so it might be off; (c) many bottled refrigerants contain sealants that may cause trouble down the line; (d) the system needs oil, which is not being supplied; and (e) the system may now contain moisture.
This. Just dont do it. The proper measurement is based off the weight as mentioned. It's stupid easy to over fill an ac system with these diy kits then you have to pay a shop to suck it out, test if it holds a vacuum and verify you didn't damage anything and refill. AC is something best left done to the pros.
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Does this guage only fit the low preasure port?
Ideally won't fit the 'H' side.. adding to the high side can stress the compressor even more. And as other experienced members have noted; this is for those dire cases where consumers are trying to just get a few days of cool in an old system that likely won't make it to BE repaired.. (And for Gawd's sake, avoid the crap with sealants IF you Ever intend to have a shop Touch your A/C again - that gunk can ruin their pricey gear!) I'm in Florida, IN summer- trust that I feel your sun-cooked pain!
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