Hi folks. My 2000 Silhouette (145K, dual front/rear HVAC) is at the local A/C shop - this is the kind of place that other mechanics send their work to when they can’t figure it out.
It wasn’t cooling well. Apparently the high pressure port was leaking so the system would keep some pressure, but not nearly enough to make it all work well.
They replaced both ports, tested for contaminants/sealers, evacuated & recharged and all seems well.
They mention that they also recommend replacing the accumulator. Having had this explained to me I do understand why. I’m into this for about $300 & that job will add another $250 or so. I don’t doubt that it is the “smartest” thing to do over the long run.
But here’s my thing - I hate this van. I am no stranger to old, high mileage vehicles and their issues. But this one is basically the biggest PITA I have ever owned. It needs constant attention. I would not still own it but finances are such that I can’t do much else right now. However, getting rid of it is on my list of important things to do in life. If I was happy with the van, I’d grit my teeth & drop the rest of the $$.
This shop is widely known as the best shop anywhere. I have learned that they are perfectionists - they don’t do anything unless its exactly right. I just wonder if the recommendation is mostly reserved for the perfectionists, and if 9/10 people get repairs like this done and usually drive on without any accumulator issues.
Any thoughts/experiences welcome. Thanks.