VOLVO AC R134 refit kit instructions for the 700 series
Volvo Maintenance FAQ
for 7xx/9xx/90 Cars
CFC-Free A/C Retrofit Kit for Pre-1993 Volvos
Introduction; Kit Contents: Page 1
Written by Dave Urban. Caution: This information is giving
for purely information only. No Warrantee is either given or
implied. Only people who have the correct equipment should
perform this task.
Years ahead of legislation, Volvo first introduced CFC-free air conditioning on all of its U.S.
and Canadian 1993 model cars.
With the public's increasing concern about the environment, Volvo released a retrofit kit for
older model Volvos in the spring of 1993. The kit allowed Volvos with existing R12 freon
based air conditioning systems to be converted to use a CFC-free refrigerant. Volvo was the
first automobile manufacturer in the world to offer such a conversion kit for older model
When I purchased my kit from my local dealer, I was shocked to find that it did not include
any type of instructions. They were kind enough to fax it to me. This is a web version of the
instructions that I received. I have added some of my own comments in italics. This is not a
ob for the weekend mechanic . It does require special tools. Some of those tools can be used
at the shop then the work done at the house.
[Editor] When the instructions mention "torque joint to 12 Nm" this means to tighten until
snug. Don't overtighten: the seal is made by the o-ring, not the threads. Lubricate the o-ring
before installation with compressor oil; use a backup wrench on all fittings; and test with
soap solution (which will bubble in the presence of a leak) after
Supplementary Kit 1, mainly for cars not equipped
z with,factory-fitted valve,
z with pipes or where pipe has
z been removed as a service fix
Supplementary Kit 2
z Shaft seal kit for cars equipped with Sandan Compressor
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