So, your car has a problem.

AC probably low on charge (small leak) - REIMPORT.

What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure your AC is low on charge (commonly called Freon) because of a small leak. If you have a small leak, generally you can simply refill the Freon (rather than fixing the source of the leak). Often the AC will function well for years before a recharge is necessary. This is a very common problem. Most cars need a refill after 10 years. We’ve listed quotes for AC inspection, diagnosis, and refill for a small leak. If it turns out to be a larger leak, the Freon can’t simply be refilled. It will need to be fixed before it can be refilled. Our diagnoses are correct about 80% of the time. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and verify that it’s a small leak. If correct, the mechanic will complete the repair. 2. If incorrect, The Car Savior will review the diagnosis with the mechanic and present you with a diagnosis and cost to repair the vehicle. 3. You can decide whether or not to move forward with further repairs. If you choose not to move forward, you’ll only be charged for the diagnosis. There are a number of kits that allow you to refill the AC yourself, including “EZ Chill Measure and Charge Can with Inline Gauge” sold at Walmart for $27. We comment against any product with a sealant included.

How urgent?

On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 3. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?

Driving without an AC is miserable and most of the time, cheap to fix. There’s no need to suffer unless the repair is really expensive. If you don’t fix it, make sure the AC compressor is off.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a

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