How to Add Refrigerant to a 2006-2011 Kia Rio

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair

2. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open

3. Locate Port - How to access the low pressure port

4. Air Conditioning Fill - Safely add refrigerant to your A/C system

5. Replace Cap - Replace the low pressure port cap

6. More Info. - Additional thoughts on recharging your A/C system

 
Video Description

When the air conditioner in your 2006 Kia Rio starts blowing hot air, you likely have a freon leak. Recharging the freon in your AC system is an inexpensive and easy first step to restoring the cooling capacity of your A/C system. Most refrigerants include a leak sealer that will seal small leaks in addition to filling the R134a refrigerant. The A/C system in your Rio consists of a compressor that is belt-driven, an evaporator and freon. If there is a problem with your compressor or evaporator, adding freon will not restore cooling. How to add freon to your 2006 Kia Rio: hook up the can of refrigerant (likely r-134a) to the low pressure port. When your compressor kicks on, add freon to the correct pressure. In addition to cooling, freon lubricates the compressor when it runs.

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