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86 240 ac retrofit?[ALL/1998] posted by Lewis on
Monday, 12 May 1997, at 4:30 p.m.

I recently replaced my ac compressor with one from the junkyard and I'm trying to figure out if I should recharge it with R-12 or buy a retrofit kit for the 134-a. I read (perhaps in the archive of this list, not sure) that the kits were available from Volvo for about 70 bucks. I went to a dealer and asked about it today and they seemed unfamiliar with the kit but dug through the books and gave me a price of $212.00 (none in stock). They also said something about a service bulletin about the kit but couldn't find any details. Does anyone have any experience with this kit or know of a good resource for solid info about it?

Re: 86 240 ac retrofit?[ALL/1998] posted by Stoney on
Monday, 12 May 1997, at 6:16 p.m.

Your SOL. The 240's that take the cheap retrofit kit are 91 and later. The 740's from 86 on also take chaeap kit. The upgrade kit for pre 91 240 series is about $200. I have an email about it somewhere and if I can dig it uo I'll post it. Robert, one of our regular posters, got me the info from the Volvo dealer he works for. I know how you feel, mine is a 90 and I dread the day I have to switch.

Re: 86 240 ac retrofit?[ALL/1998] posted by Rob MacTurk on
Tuesday, 13 May 1997, at 10:40 a.m.

If the retro-fit turns out to be solid, you'd probably better off biting the bullet and do the conversion now as R-12 is getting increasingly expensive. Had I known about 134-a last year when I had to replace the compressor on my '82 240, I wouldn't be living in dread of future A/C problems.


Re: 86 240 ac retrofit?[ALL/1998] posted by Mark Klein on
Thursday, 15 May 1997, at 10:59 p.m.

Personally I wouldn't bother with the change over. R-12 is actually coming down in price a little (has been for about the last year). The R-134A cars don't cool as well once changed over.

Be sure to check your expansion valve for trash since you're replacing the compressor.


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