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okay here's my dilemma. i bought a 2003 cruiser in february and didn't think to check the ac since it was february and still cold. my mistake, and dumb one at that i know. when i was getting ready to make the twenty hour drive back to utah from texas and the ac wasn't working quite as well as i'd like, i decided to go ahead and see if it just needed to be recharged. i took it to a buddy's house because he had the vacuum system to do the job properly and we went ahead, vacuumed it, refilled it, and still no cold air. shortly after, with the car still idling and the ac on in hopes that something would change and it would miraculously start working right, it begins to splurge everything i just put into it. it sounded like it was coming from the front passenger side (close to the ac compressor) and it ejected the free on (sp?) in short blasts. i shut off the ac and it stopped. my buddy says it could be some pressure valve on the compressor itself? and recently i had to take it to a transmission shop, (lost reverse and it would throw itself out of gear every hundred yards or so) and asked him if he could tell me more or possible fix it. he said he wouldn't fix it, but would be willing to bet that it was some small filter inside the ac lines? he showed me one for a different car or part. its very small, maybe an inch or so long and about as wide as the tip of a pen, needle like in shape. he said that he thought that filter was clogged and causing my ac to either release backed up pressure from a release valve or from a leak in the system. i also had one more friend who swore up and down that it was the hvac pressure switch.

i need some help from someone who knows because ill be making that same 20 hour trip across the dessert next month. please help?!?!?!?!?!?
 

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thank you so much for replying, do you have any idea where i might find that drier canister or the needle valve on my particular car, im really hoping for a simple solution like this. i tried another forum but they were telling me i may need to replace the fan and housing and that i needed to check upper and lower line pressures. i dont have the tools to do that and i don't have the money to take it to a shop since i just had the transmission rebuilt, i literally picked it up from the tranny shop today so i need to try to find a cheap solution.
 

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i cant remember what he called them, i want to say planetary gears maybe? i had lost reverse and when i put it in drive or the lower gears i could get it to limp for about a hundred yards and then it would throw itself out of gear and just rev up with no acceleration. i don't have gauges to check for the high/low side pressures. any clue how much it could cost to get it diagnosed at a shop?
 

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okay i took it to a shop and had them check the pressures and then they confirmed that it is the fan. so now my questions are, the fan the sits between the radiator and the engine, is that the ac condenser fan? cause that doesn't work and when i look up the condenser fan assembly at autoparts stores there are no results, but when i look up radiator fan assembly, that pops up and it looks like the fan thats not working in my car. the other thing is, when i look it up on autozone's website, they have the entire fan assembly, a relay switch, and the motor itself, assuming that is the same fan assembly i need, how can i trouble shoot the relay and the motor so i can save money by only needing to purchase one part as opposed to the entire assembly?
 

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so funny thing, and a lesson to be learned from this. the relay for the ac under the hood behind the battery was sitting half popped out and leaning to the side. i pushed it in all the way, turned on the ac and blasted the cold air. i sat there for about ten or fifteen minutes and it stayed blowing cold, no ejected air, no crazy noises , no compressor kicking off and on. the lesson is, look for all the easy fixed before you start paying people to check things and buying parts and what not, luckily, and thanks to the people on this forum, i was able to fix my problem before spending more than forty dollars (for the pressure check and freon recharge). thanks a bunch to everyone who replied and helped. this site is awesome.
 
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