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Don't recharge it, these cars need to be taken to a pro for a charge or you have to completely drain and refill it, which is also best done at a pro.

I think these cars just have average AC.
 

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You should use the AC during the winter so that the o-rings don't get dried out and leak the freon. Using the AC for 5 minutes once a week will keep them moist. If you never use the AC they get dried out and leak a little. When you use the AC it causes it them to swell and it can fix a tiny leak. I think after the 4th gen cars they changed coolants and it was never as cold.
 

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You should use the AC during the winter so that the o-rings don't get dried out and leak the freon. Using the AC for 5 minutes once a week will keep them moist. If you never use the AC they get dried out and leak a little. When you use the AC it causes it them to swell and it can fix a tiny leak. I think after the 4th gen cars they changed coolants and it was never as cold.
May I add that when you run the defroster cycle to clear windows you are also running the ac to remove moisture from the inside air. using this function regularly in winter time will be sufecient activity to keep seals lubed. Thanks Eric AKA cadman1940
 
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