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I have a 2011 Tacoma that is out of warranty. 2 weeks ago my AC got got warm then would only blow cold out of the driver side for a day then died. I took it to the shop and they purged and recharged it. They said it "may" have a leak and to give it a few days and see what happens. The cold air lasted 2 weeks and got warm again. I took it back to the shop and they dug a little deeper and discovered a leak. They said either the evaporator or condenser are leaking and they need to be replaced. Parts are cheap but taking out dash and everything will bring the total to $1600 bucks.

I pretty much trust the mechanic as he is a friend of a good friend of mine. Does this repair sound right? Price wise too? I am not a car person so I have no clue.

I am not a big fan of this truck and I am thinking I'd rather trade it for a Tundra.....
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That's mighty early to be having those items leaking. I'm willing to bet you have a blend door problem. Turn the AC on full blast and see if the compressor is engaged. Then feel the low side lines. If they are cold to touch then you have a blend door problem.
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That's mighty early to be having those items leaking. I'm willing to bet you have a blend door problem. Turn the AC on full blast and see if the compressor is engaged. Then feel the low side lines. If they are cold to touch then you have a blend door problem.
Truck has 72k miles. When they charged it last week it worked like a champ....then got warm again.....
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When they charge your system, they should be adding florescent dye so you can actually see where the leak is coming. An evaporator is a very expensive guess. Condenser is not so bad.
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It's all labor. they literally have to take your entire dash out. Have them vacuum those hard to get to places on the carpet while they have it out.
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Low on freon sounds like evap is leaking that price isn't to bad really parts and labor it must be a bad leak if it looses freon that fast.If they can't see leak with black light if they added dye then more than likely it's the evap.
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Great time to add sound deadening
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Low on freon sounds like evap is leaking that price isn't to bad really parts and labor it must be a bad leak if it looses freon that fast.If they can't see leak with black light if they added dye then more than likely it's the evap.
I'll call em tomorrow but I think that's what they said. Price is almost all labor.

This truck is a hunk if $hit in my opinion. Always has some quirky issue..
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I'll call em tomorrow but I think that's what they said. Price is almost all labor.
Are they using good parts not cheap crap denso is good use it a lot at my shop along with oem parts.See if he will come down some on price that's about right dealer would be more than that.

I would do 2 Chrysler vans a week the 08-10 had bad problems with evap leaking not sure if Toyota has this problem or not I would have to look at my alldata and check bulletins to see.

It's 9.7hrs labor to do the evap in your truck just looked it up that doesn't include freon
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Id fix it. AC work is always expensive but its not likely to reoccur and even if you want to trade it in, your likely to take that much of a hit for it not working. Those are good trucks and popular trucks with good resale values.
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Originally Posted by suzuki140 View Post
Are they using good parts not cheap crap denso is good use it a lot at my shop along with oem parts.See if he will come down some on price that's about right dealer would be more than that.

I would do 2 Chrysler vans a week the 08-10 had bad problems with evap leaking not sure if Toyota has this problem or not I would have to look at my alldata and check bulletins to see.

It's 9.7hrs labor to do the evap in your truck just looked it up that doesn't include freon
They Quoted me 12.7 to change evap and condenser.
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I had a blend door problem on an old Jeep....labor to remove the dash was $1500. Did not do it.
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No offense to your friend, but I'd get a second opinion. Either the evap or condenser. Hard to see both leaking.
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Originally Posted by Dillard88 View Post
That's mighty early to be having those items leaking. I'm willing to bet you have a blend door problem. Turn the AC on full blast and see if the compressor is engaged. Then feel the low side lines. If they are cold to touch then you have a blend door problem.
We've changed a good bit of Lexus and Toyota evaps here lately. Hopefully it doesn't become a common repair problem. Have to take apart the dash panel by panel it seems.
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No offense to your friend, but I'd get a second opinion. Either the evap or condenser. Hard to see both leaking.
I think they said on taco if you replace one you have to do the other. I was swamped at work when they called I will ask them that tomorrow.

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Originally Posted by Dillard88 View Post
When they charge your system, they should be adding florescent dye so you can actually see where the leak is coming. An evaporator is a very expensive guess. Condenser is not so bad.
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
I think they said on taco if you replace one you have to do the other. I was swamped at work when they called I will ask them that tomorrow.

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You should not have to replace the condenser if it's not bad only what's leaking should be replaced only time the condenser needs replace is if the compressor blows up and send metal through it.Most of the time you can just flush it out to clean the condenser unless they have a bag inside like the German cars do.
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Do your own repair. A lot of info on you tube.
Just fixed my Toyota a couple of weeks ago. Went to Harbor Freight and bought the manifold gauges. Bought the vacuum pump and florescent light online. Pumped it down and it wouldn't hold. Got some dye and charged the system enough for the compressor to come on.
Found the leak in the low pressure line.(split). They wanted $120.00 for the line. Bought a compression fitting from Dorman that is made for A/C line repairs and violla all fixed.
Total cost about $160.00
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Do your own repair. A lot of info on you tube.
Just fixed my Toyota a couple of weeks ago. Went to Harbor Freight and bought the manifold gauges. Bought the vacuum pump and florescent light online. Pumped it down and it wouldn't hold. Got some dye and charged the system enough for the compressor to come on.
Found the leak in the low pressure line.(split). They wanted $120.00 for the line. Bought a compression fitting from Dorman that is made for A/C line repairs and violla all fixed.
Well done. I wasn't aware dorman made such a part.
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Do your own repair. A lot of info on you tube.
Just fixed my Toyota a couple of weeks ago. Went to Harbor Freight and bought the manifold gauges. Bought the vacuum pump and florescent light online. Pumped it down and it wouldn't hold. Got some dye and charged the system enough for the compressor to come on.
Found the leak in the low pressure line.(split). They wanted $120.00 for the line. Bought a compression fitting from Dorman that is made for A/C line repairs and violla all fixed.
Total cost about $160.00
If I had time but I might give it a shot but I have too much on my plate right now.

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