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    Checked my A/C’s refridgerant charge (1st time in 4 years). It was a little low so I added about 1/2 a can. Compressor seems quieter now and the A/C does seem to blow colder air. I use A/C so rarely here but for those 2 days a year it’s really nice to have.

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    How do you check the charge? I tried researching it for the Mirage but having difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    How do you check the charge? I tried researching it for the Mirage but having difficulty.
    Some of the better r134a canisters have gauges that show charge level. Follow the directions, start the car with the A/C on max and let it run or drive it so that it’s at operating temp. Shake the can vigorously for a couple of minutes while the car is running. Leave the car running with the A/C on. Open the hood and locate the Low Port on the A/C lines (aluminum tubes on passenger side of the engine compartment). The Low port is located on the firewall. It is a black screw on cap with a raised “L” embossed on it. Unscrew the cap and make sure you don’t lose it (the attachment of the hose to the port DOES NOT have threads. It uses a spring loaded locking seal to attach to the port. If you’ve ever used a air compressor and disconnected and reconnected different tools to your air line then you’re familiar with this type of connector). Attach the hose with the gauge to the can and now connect to the Low Port. The car is still running but at first you’ll want to see what your A/C charge level is. Watch the gauge and note how low the level drops when the compressor kicks in. If after observing a couple of compressor cycles you determine that the charge level is too low then when the compressor is running give it a 3-5 second shot of refridgerant. You’ll see the gauge rise. Let it cycle a couple of more compressor cycles and check it again. Repeat until your levels rise to the “normal” range while the compressor is running. Remember to leave the car running and A/C on max during this. Once your levels are better, disconnect the hose from the Low Port, put the cap back on and you’re done. Hope this helps, it’s a little long winded.
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    Not long winded at all thank you for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    Not long winded at all thank you for your time.
    Worth noting that Mirages do not come filled with cheap, commonly available R134a. Instead, they come with the new R1234yf refrigerant, which is supposed to keep the sky from falling down or spontaneously combusting in 100 years...or something.

    It is much more expensive. And highly corrosive. And very flammable. And the Germans have refused to use it. Additionally, it is actually illegal to put R134 into a system originally filled with R1234yf.

    For some reason, Mitsubishi ONLY puts this stuff in the Mirage.

    Unlike the switch from R12 to R134A, these two refrigerants are apparently compatible with each other. But I thought they had different service fittings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobrajet View Post
    Worth noting that Mirages do not come filled with cheap, commonly available R134a. Instead, they come with the new R1234yf refrigerant, which is supposed to keep the sky from falling down or spontaneously combusting in 100 years...or something.

    It is much more expensive. And highly corrosive. And very flammable. And the Germans have refused to use it. Additionally, it is actually illegal to put R134 into a system originally filled with R1234yf.

    For some reason, Mitsubishi ONLY puts this stuff in the Mirage.

    Unlike the switch from R12 to R134A, these two refrigerants are apparently compatible with each other. But I thought they had different service fittings?
    R12 and R134 do use different fittings. They sell retrofit adapters. https://www.amazon.ca/Fitting-Adapte.../dp/B01M0LF5MM

    As for the being filled with 1234, don't believe everything you read on the interweb.... The 15' and 17's we have use 134a as per the sticker under the hood of the car. I'd upload pics but I'm too dumb to figure out the mobile site. https://mirageforum.com/forum/showth...Ac-not-working

    To somewhat stay on topic, Today I cleaned and relocated another corroded connector on a 17' with 76k kms. I was in a rush and hoped the low washer light would go out. It didn't, I'll end up cutting out the connector and soldering everything together tonight instead. At least the 17's don't have as many wires to join.
    Last edited by Fummins; 03-21-2019 at 02:03 PM. Reason: Found a post, looks like you've posted 3 times about the 1234 lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fummins View Post
    R12 and R134 do use different fittings. They sell retrofit adapters. https://www.amazon.ca/Fitting-Adapte.../dp/B01M0LF5MM

    As for the being filled with 1234, don't believe everything you read on the interweb.... The 15' and 17's we have use 134a as per the sticker under the hood of the car. I'd upload pics but I'm too dumb to figure out the mobile site. https://mirageforum.com/forum/showth...Ac-not-working

    To somewhat stay on topic, Today I cleaned and relocated another corroded connector on a 17' with 76k kms. I was in a rush and hoped the low washer light would go out. It didn't, I'll end up cutting out the connector and soldering everything together tonight instead. At least the 17's don't have as many wires to join.

    Yep.. my 17' Service Manual definitely says R-134a

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fummins View Post
    As for the being filled with 1234, don't believe everything you read on the interweb.... The 15' and 17's we have use 134a as per the sticker under the hood of the car.


    Well, I'll be damned. Happy to be wrong about this one! Paying $10 per pound for R134A if I spring a leak sounds way better than $70+ per pound for the new stuff (if you can find it). I wonder why nearly every site pertaining to refrigerants has this wrong?



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