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Oh dear a new condensor for my air con

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by gh3382, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. gh3382

    gh3382 Senior Member

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    The tale of end of last summer I had the aircon regassed at £80 but 10 days ater it packed up. I left it until the later part of the year and the guy tested it and said he couldnt find a leak but would not regas it incase there was a leak which he couldnt see. I took it to another garage who is suppose to be good on aircon with not joy. I am now getting it done at a third garage who checked it all out and thinks it is the condensor but will not know until he gets it stripped down. He has ordered one but says will only fit it if necessary and if it is not that should be able to find where the leak is once stripped. £503 quoted and a 2 day job.

    I have decided to keep the car despite it being 9 yrs old with 70000 on and keep running it as I have 2 big dogs and I dont want to spend telephone numbers on a similar car as I only do 7000 a year.

    i knew I should have bought a bicycle.
     
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    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    IMHO at 9 yr old the condensor could very well be the cause of the leak .... they rot out due to being ally & being the first thing the salt on the road will hit.
    I'd have thought the first air/con bloke would've used a dye that could've helped locate the leak :confused:
     
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    flowrider Senior Member

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    If the condenser is replaced then it is good practice to replace the drier too. Just had both replaced on my SL, it was a 3hr job.
     
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    gh3382

    gh3382 Senior Member

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    Car is now back and appears to be working fine.

    Corrosion on the Condensor and signs of dye also there so it has been replaced.

    I would only spend the £503 on something else lol.
     
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    bembo449 Senior Member

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    my air con needs looking at but I don't use it anyway so why waste the cash ??
     

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