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Old 08-10-2011, 12:45 AM #1
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"dust off" cans contain r134a, cheap a/c recharge?

Just got my 16 year old sons 1998 4Runner going again after being down for 6 months with a hurt motor. Went to Wal Mart to buy a can of r134a to recharge the a/c system. A can of 134a is almost $12 a can plus a $10 core charge on the can that must be returned within 90 days or you loose the $10 core charge. That would mean paying $22 for each can if a guy wanted to keep some extra cans at home, OUCH!

Now the fix. The other day my wife was using a dust can off to clean our computer key board. I looked at the $2 can of dust off and noticed it contained pure r134a as its propelant. Does anybody know if anyone has tried using these cans to recharge an a/c system and if so, how did they connect the cans to their a/c systems low side?

Just looking for a cheap r134a source since the automotive stuff is hitting stupid prices. Just like r12 did back in the day. Thanks for the input.
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Wouldn't try it man. Not worth it. In using a simple cost/benefit analysis, the costs far outweigh the benefits, without a doubt. Just imagine explaining to your boss/friends why your car is in the shop!
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