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How much would it cost me to replace my AC in my 2004 Mustang GT?

I took it to my mechanic and he was puzzled that my 2004 car with only 23k miles on it would have no coolant left. He thought it might have a hairline crack because my car has been in an accident before. So he ran a test and couldn't find any leaks. He charged it up, filled it with coolant, and chaged me $150.00. It worked great for a month, then crapped out. I live in LA and it gets hot here. I don't have alot of money. What would be the cheapest way to fix this? And if it wont be cheap, then how much am I going to have to save up?

Asked By: ClassyC. - 5/7/2007
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I have been in the automotive repair business for over 35 years and specialize in A/C and Heating so let me explain a/c repairs to you so that you fully understand everything. You should get several estimates but remember that a good repair shop should charge you for checking you’re a/c system complete and in most... More
Answered By: ucantcme - 5/7/2007
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a lot less than thowing that rustang into the river/ Mustang= Junk
Answered By: DirtyMc1037 - 5/7/2007
 
Take it to a real mechanic, the guy who looked at it obviously has no clue what he is doing. he knew it had leaked, yet he chose to recharge it and not find the leak, he knew it would run out again, so he charged you to refill it thinking you would come back for another recharge when it leaked out. Take it to a shop... More
Answered By: larmarine83 - 5/7/2007
 
If you need a new one, it could be over $1500.
Answered By: pathfinder - 5/7/2007
 
Buy entire assembly from junk yard for less and install it yourself! I hope you learned that a ford is not the most desirable car to own! They want to make junk and sell it new, so a junk yard is your best bet when it comes to obtaining replacement assemblies! Be smarter next time and buy a Japanese or Korean make,and... More
Answered By: Jake - 5/7/2007
 
So your car just eats up coolant? I guess you just have to check often and fill it up... More
Answered By: Meow Mix - 5/7/2007
 
Unfortunately, A/C is big dollars and not an easy fix. The cost may range anywhere between $500 and $2500 depending how you go about having the A/C serviced. I know there is a lot of labor involved in these projects and thats normally what you pay for the most. What is shop rate these days $80, $90 bucks an hour? The A... More
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Answered By: steelafan77 - 5/7/2007
 
With that low of miles it should be under warranty still unless the accident you said the vehicle was in voided the warranty. You will need to take it to a reputable shop that wills warranty their work. I do not like sending people to dealerships but them or something like a Goodyear may be your best bet... More
Answered By: redvern - 5/7/2007
 
there goes your ford discount... sounds like the start of a very long painful maintenance crap... solution is to sell it but you wont get much.. very low resale value...
Answered By: well - 5/7/2007
 
about 1000$
Answered By: matt b - 5/7/2007
 
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