There may be a new car in my future.
I’ve got a four door sedan that I’m perfectly happy with, except that every summer either the airconditioning or the cooling system blows up. I feel like some kind of ecoterrorist; four years in a row I’ve lost all my freon due to air conditioning leaks. I take it to the dealer (my Beloved, while brilliant at all things car, does not do air conditioning). They fix it, exorbitantly. Three weeks later (or once, memorably, one hour later) all the freon is gone again, but it’s always a new leak, not something they already fixed.
Late last summer I had the car retrofitted for R134. It survived the remainder of the summer. Last week we hit the 90s, and I turned the air conditioning on for the first time. Mirabile dictu, it worked! I drove home from work in air conditioned bliss. I pulled into the driveway, turned off the air, turned off the car, and DING! the “coolant level” warning came on.
The next day there were a couple of quarts of antifreeze on the driveway.
So now a new radiator and a new valve of some sort are winging their way here. Until then, I’m dripping coolant all over the universe and dumping another gallon in every evening. I should be ashamed of myself.