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Thanks! My 2003 Spyder Eclipse suddenly stopped blowing cold

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Thanks! My 2003 Spyder Eclipse suddenly stopped blowing cold air through the ac. Just a blast of hot air now. What's going on?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
When the engine is running and you turn the a.c. on do you hear a click under the hood a moment later signifying the compressor engaging?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, I don't think that I hear a click Doug.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
Are you experiencing the ac light flashing at all, or is it remaining lit solid?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It remains solid.
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
In the days leading up to this, did you notice any change in the a.c. efficiency?
How about any change in behavior (different noises in the dash perhaps, waiting longer for it to cool down, etc)?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, didn't notice a thing Doug. It just cut out today, rather suddenly.
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
With the light not flashing I would be most inclined to think that you have probably just reached the point where enough refrigerant has leaked out to cause it to not be cold.
Is there any chance you know of anyone with a set of AC gauges?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks doug.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, I'll have to go to a service center.
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.
I understand.
Most shops will have a flat fee for AC check up, which will consist of evacuating the system and measuring how much comes out, then vacuuming and recharging with dye and refrigerant. This is your best course of action at this point... it is most probable that you are low on refrigerant from the behavior, and in any event step one will always be verifying the proper charge level (As all other tests on the system will be skewed if the charge is incorrect).
This will also put dye in the system so if/when a leak is confirmed, it will be easier to locate (the shop can use a UV light to find the dye after a few days of operation).
If you need more help or there is anything else I can do to expand on the subject just let me know.

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