So, your car has a problem.

Large charge leak.

What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure your AC is low on charge (commonly called Freon). It appears to be from a large Freon leak. The Freon runs through the AC system and allows it to cool. Without it, it will not cool. It’s hard to know where it’s leaking from until a mechanic arrives onsite. We’ve listed quotes for AC inspection, diagnosis, and refill. Repairs can vary hugely, mostly because of labor costs. Some parts are easy to get to. Other require many hours of disassembly to even get access to the part. It could be anywhere from $100 to $1500. For larger leaks, refilling it without fixing it doesn’t make sense. It will have to repaired. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and verify the issue. 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’ll get a quote to repair the issue. 4. 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.

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. You might as well get it diagnosed. If it’s cheap, you’ll kick yourself for needlessly suffering without it. (The author – before they knew how to fix cars – drove around without AC in Texas for years. I then found out it was a $15 fix. I wished I had diagnosed it earlier…)

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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