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Old 01-20-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Putting in AC system

I live in Texas and just bought my first Wrangler and pretty soon I need to put in AC because the previous owner left it with only heat. My question is whether I should do it or take it to a shop to do it? I am pretty new to jeep mechanics but was wondering how hard it would be to do myself?


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Old 01-20-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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Congrats on the Jeep! Does it only need freeon? If it only needs the fluid you can buy the kit for about 30 bucks and you'll save $100 the shop will charge. If its the ac compressor or something more technical then only the shops can do it because they check for leaks or the ac preassure.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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I believe I need a whole system. I found a website called jeepair.com and they sell a kit for $1000 which includes everything you need to put AC in but I don't know how hard it is. Has anyone tried using this product?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
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If you aren't familiar with automotive HVAC, you should probably take it to a qualified tech. You could give it a shot if you have access to a set of gauges, a vacuum pump, and a leak detector/ sniffer and/ or a UV light and dye, and are familiar with installing and servicing auto A/C
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:47 AM   #5
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Do a search on that system as I know some on the site have installed them.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:51 AM   #6
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The ex-wife had a/c installed in her YJ back in 2000. The work was done by a nearby shop for about $1,300.00 Also, tinting your windows about 30% will help you stay cool and deflect damaging sun rays. We also tinted the windows the same time the A/C was installed.

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