Recently took my Ford to Tim's for an A/C check and to have Freon put in. They told me they put in close to a pound of Freon and that my compressor was going out on the A/C. The air was blowing cool when I took the car in for service - wasn't cooling the car well, but was blowing some cool air. When I paid and left, the car was no longer blowing any cool air at all. I thought well, maybe it is just extra hot today and I am just stop/go driving in town so I let it go. It continued to blow nothing but warm air. Took it to another mechanic in another state, without telling them what I had been told - asked them to check the Freon level. I watched them hook up gauges and there was NO FREON at all in the car. They added Freon and the car is now blowing cold air. Just a warning to single ladies - be careful! Especially if you don't know anything about cars!
It is possible that I might have a leak or the compressor could be going out, but it was odd that it immediately began to blow warm air when I left the shop and had NO freon a few days later when I had some-one else check it. Is it possible that Tim's could have faulty gauges or employees that are too busy or are not very good at their jobs? Or maybe using a coupon for a discount causes you to get bad service? Just my thoughts.
I had chosen this mechanic based on their being voted the "Best in NW Arkansas" for several years - but if this is the best that NW Arkansas has to offer, well I don't want my car serviced in NW Arkansas!