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Old 05-27-2003, 01:44 AM   #1
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Is it up around $50 or more per pound or so? I'm guessing it varies depending on what part of the country you're in (supply/demand).

Anyone bought any recently?
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If you have the license and can legally buy it, it's between $50 and $55/pound
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So then, I'm guessing that shops (that have a license) would charge much more than that, and for proper recovery and handling, etc. Probably over $80 per. (I'm trying to help a friend out.)

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DRAIN & CLEAN your system first repiar any small leaks with REDTEK pro seal and refill that R12 system with RED TEK 12a...it replaces 134a and R12

for product review visit www.redtekproducts.com

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It's up to around $80 a pound in OKC.
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Demand is minimal, but there's still a lot of greed and there is a
Federal Excise Tax to promote recycling. 12A is banned outright in some states & was denied approval (twice) by the EPA as an alternative refigerent. It's a hydrocarbon blend; potentially flammable. The last search I did showed most vendors charging $20/lb. Usually, you have to buy a 30 lb bottle, enough for about 12 Vettes. Autozone had a firesale last year, $10 to $15 a can - you need about 4; don't know if it's still going on. Check Ebay.
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Yeah, I've heard of the alternative ones, and they don't seem to stick around as long. I think they're illegal in CA, and an honest mechanic won't touch it.

I guess you have to be a criminal to have cold air these days. Damn bureaucrats. Oh well, I guess I should tell my friend to sell his roadster and buy a new Honda so he can be more compliant.
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Asian a/c isn't bullet proof either. Since '88, the Corvette has used a Nippondenso compressor - a Toyota spinoff in the '50's and their compressors are also used by the likes of Porsche, Lexus & Infinity (just to name a few). They break too and probably because of the luxury nameplates, cost a bundle to replace. Your buddy's problem probably isn't much different than what most individuals who own a car that is 9 years or older. Fixing the a/c right, even if the gas was free, isn't worth the cost. And a lot of shops will tell you that it can't just top off a leaking system (not the law, but a good way to make some big $$$). So if your friend would like to do it himself, tell him to get a license at http://www.epa.com for 25 bucks or any of the web sites listed at http://www.epa.gov in the Ozone section. With that, he can buy all the R12 he'll ever need and if he wants, keep all his buddys' Hondas charged up as well.
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