Finding an A/C Leak

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Dear Bob,
I have a '92 Infiniti G20. I just got it back from the dealer with a bill for just under $200 for adding 2 quarts of freon ($52/qt.) and one hour labor ($79). The Service Department told me I was completely out of freon but they couldn't find where it was leaking from. A few days ago they said they couldn't find it because their "machine" wasn't working. I was told to bring the car back in a couple of months when it was really hot and then maybe they would be able to find the leak. I'm really annoyed because in a couple of months I'll probably have another $200 bill. Please comment!
Gail from CT

That is exactly correct, and actually, they are not supposed to fill the car without first identifying the leak. I believe that it is part of their EPA certification. The technician that performed the work could lose his license as could the service center that performed the repair. If indeed the system has a leak, then in 2 months you will be out again and will need to pay that $200 once again. Personally, I would not pay the original $200 because they are just throwing your money away.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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