Where can I find my compressor fuse?
I don’t agree with this. You need a given amount of liquid freon in your system as indicated by the amount required in weight on the tag in the engine bay. Liquid is exactly what a recovery/charge machine delivers when charging a system, the gas you speak of is used to get pressures in the system where you might like to see them. I think those $39 kits should be outlawed, once you use them you have no idea where your system is at verses what the factory specs are, Some times you get lucky (as have I) and made a A/C work. This is just my opinion though, because I have a Mac recovery/charge unit of my own. I love this tool. Good luck again.
Just for information a recovery/recharge machine fills the A/C unit with liquid freon through the high side schrader valve, without the vehical running. You do not do this with regular gauges or the top off cans.
CRAMMING R-134 into the system without knowing the system pressures probably is NOT good for the system. Some of the R-134 refill /charging cans have a pressure gage on them.
If yours does, what is the suction side(LOW PRESSURE) line pressure when the system is ON, HVAC Fans on high, both door open, system in resirculate and engine RPM set at 1000??
There are several things that you need to check to get to the bottom of whats is wrong.
The first would be to read and post the DTCs. If the temperature doors are NOT functioning properly, your not going to get the correct temperatures. The DTCs are going to give you that info:
READING YOUR Engine Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)
This procedure should be carried out any time you experience a problem with your C5. Most inexpensive store bought aftermarket code readers will ONLY read power train DTC’s. Reading the DTC’s with the C5 built in code reader will allow you to read ALL the modules in the vehicle.
The Diagnostic Display Mode is entered with the following procedure:
1) Turn on the ignition but don’t start the engine.
2) Press the RESET button to turn off any warning messages. (i.e. door open, trunk open ect)
3) Press and hold the OPTIONS button
4) While holding OPTIONS, press FUEL button four times within a 10 -second period.
Initially, the on-board diagnostics go into an Automatic Mode which will cycle through each module and shows diagnostic codes in a pre-set sequence: PCM — TCS — RTD — BCM — IPC — RADIO — HVAC — LDCM — RDCM — SCM — RFA. All codes will be displayed for each module. ( i.e. PCM = 4 codes) If none are present in a given module, you will see No More Codes on the display.
There are two types of diagnostic codes, Current and History designated with a letter suffix, “C” or “H”. A current code indicates a malfunction is present in the module displaying data. A history code indicates a problem existed sometime in the last 40 or 50 ignition cycles. When not accompanied by a current code of the same number, it’s potential evidence of a previous problem, now resolved, that was not removed by clearing the codes. More likely it’s an indication of an intermittent malfunction.
Intermittent codes are the most challenging of the diagnostics. An intermittent code may have happened once, may have happened more than once but is inconsistent or may be happening on a regular basis but not at the time the codes are displayed. History codes can also be caused by a current malfunction in a system that is not operating at the time codes are displayed. An example is the rear window defogger which doesn’t operate until the Body Control Module detects engine rpm. For history codes set by a module that does not operate with the key on and engine off, a special diagnostic tool called a Scan Tester is necessary to properly diagnose the malfunction.
Once the system has displayed all modules, it goes into the manual mode which allows selection of each module using combinations of Driver Information Center buttons. Manual mode can also be entered during the automatic sequence by pressing any button except E/M. Once the display shows Manual Diagnostics, select a module by pressing the OPTIONS button to go forward or the TRIP button to go back. Once a module is selected, a code is displayed, and if more than one are present; press GAGES to go forward or FUEL to go back.
To exit the diagnostic mode at any time, press E/M. If you want to erase codes in a given module, press RESET To reset the codes once in manual mode, press and hold RESET until it displays NO CODES Press OPTIONS to go to the next module. Repeat the steps until you have reset the codes in all the computer modules.
NOTE!! Only reset the codes IF you want to — it is NOT necessary to do this. Clearing a code does not repair a problem. You are simply erasing the evidence of it in the module’s memory. If you clear the code/s, and extinguish the Check Engine Light, your emissions status ready will NOT allow you to pass an emissions test until you have completed the required driving cycles. There are a few body module DTC’s that if set will prevent the module from operating properly. Once the DTC is cleared, the module will return to full function. This is not true for power train DTCs.
If you have never read and cleared your codes, there will probably be a lot of old history DTCs. It is recommended that you clear your codes and see if any come back during a driving cycle. Those are the ones that you need to concentrate on diagnosing.
Once you have the codes, the next question is: What to do with the information?
First, consult the factory service manual. Any serious C5 Do-It-Yourself owner should invest in the Corvette Service Manual of the appropriate model year. The Service Manual is really a requirement if you want to understand and work on your C5.
You can read the DTCs while the engine is running. If you turn the engine OFF and then back ON, that can clear some DTCs that may be important with identifying a problem. One example is a Misfire DTC (p-0300) If the engine is shut down, the DTC will clear.
These are some very good C5 Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) explanation web sites. They also explain how to read the DTCs
Here are some very good sites that explain what DTC mean:
Make sure to include the H or C suffix when you post your DTCs!!
Post the DTCs that you have and we can provide you guidance.
Is your compressor clutch engaging when you turn on the AC? What does the little orange light on the AC button do when you press it?