Greetings everyone. I'm new to the forum b/c I just purchased my first Tacoma a few weeks back. It's an 04 SR5 double cab, 155k and found it 1 owner from an older gentleman, so it's pretty dang nice and I really am enjoying it. But, now it's already time for some Q and A. I need some AC help. Of course i've read through some posts, but they don't really address what I'm wondering.
The AC wasn't blowing super cool air when I bought it, so against my better judgment I went ahead and used a can of the A/C Pro charge in a bottle from the auto parts store. Well, this just made it worse and I can physically feel the truck "grunting" if you will, when the compressor kicks on/off. It does get cold, but only for seconds after several minutes.
So, I took it to a shop this morning. They hooked it up to the machine and I think it was reading 475 psi on the high side and I can't recall the low. I read on another post that it should be around 210/30, so i'm sure this isn't good. Anyhow, the shop said I need to replace the condenser because it's clogged (a hunch the guy said, really!) and might as well replace the expansion valve too they said. A little research this afternoon seems to suggest an expansion valve itself can cause this....so the big question to you guys is simply what to really start with and any other considerations. Thanks all in advance.