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I received a P0534 code and noticed the A/C no longer blows cold air. The heater still works and the car still runs fine. I would like to use a quick top off and would like to know if anyone has done this or some pointers to look out for. I have a 2012 model with 70K on it. I'm also in Europe so I can't just drive in a volt dealership. I tried the Opel ones but there is the language bar and I'm a diy kind of person.
 

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Electric compressors use a different oil than ICE compressors, due to the electric motor windings inside them. Many of the auto parts store "top up" cans have oil in them also. You CANNOT use these in a Volt system! The compressor is over a thousand bucks. I'd let a dealer at least have a look at it. May be something simple. I wonder what the car will do when it needs cooling for the battery?
 

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I'd check the fuses first. I've brought my cars in before thinking it's some exotic and expensive repair when it turned out to be a fuse. That 50 cent fuse turned into an $80 repair bill. Boy did I feel stupid.
 

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The e-compressor for the A/C at least in the U.S. is covered under the 8yr/100,000 mile Voltec warranty since it is an essential component of the battery's thermal management system. I would let the dealer take a look if it is indeed a covered repair.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Maybe I just needed some sense talked into me. I did some more research online and found out that most top up cans do in fact contain some extra chemicals. I love the volt in that it seems to rarely need a repair but I hate that when it does it cost an arm and leg. I recently was quoted over 2K for a radiator repair. Either way I'm taking it to a shop for a look see.
 

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The e-compressor for the A/C at least in the U.S. is covered under the 8yr/100,000 mile Voltec warranty since it is an essential component of the battery's thermal management system. I would let the dealer take a look if it is indeed a covered repair.
Agreed. Should be covered under warranty until you touch it that is.
 
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