This is a common problem with older cars with it being a simple fix to add more refrigerant to the system.
I have a 2006 Kia Spectra that needed charge last year so I wrote this post along with a video at the bottom of the page to help anyone who may having the same problem.
Things Needed To Add Refrigerant on a 2005-2009 Kia Spectra
- R134a Refrigerant bottle
- Fill Hose
The 2005-2009 Kia Spectra uses R134a refrigerant with small low-cost bottles available to buy.
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Here is the normal R134a bottle on Amazon
ZeroR R-134a Refrigerant – 1 Can – Made in USA – 12oz Cans
Here is the R134a with Stop Leak bottle on Amazon
FJC 9140 Stop Leak – 3 Ounce
Here is a R134a Refill Hose on Amazon
FJC 6036 R134a U-Charge Hose with Gauge
2005-2009 Kia Spectra Refrigerant Fill Location
The refrigerant is added to a Low pressure side of the cars cooling system.
How To Add Refrigerant on a 2005-2009 Kia Spectra
- Screw the hose onto the bottle.
- Start the car and power on the AC to high
- Locate the fill at the high pressure line (big Line) and unscrew the cap.
- Attach the hose to the Low Pressure line.
- Open the hose adapter letting refrigerant into the system
- check the air vent to see if it blows cold air
- Stop once cold air blows out by closing the valve on the bottle adapter.
Recharging the air conditioning system on a 2005-2009 Kia Spectra is easy to do for a handy DIY type person.
Of course if in doubt take it to a professional.
If the car has a slow leak using the Stop Leak with R134a can help to seal a system.
It is not necessary though with standard R134a available in small cans.
Keep in mind other things can cause a AC system to not blow cold air.