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    Broken Airco Compressor

    Hi,

    A while ago, the airco stopped working, so I took the car to the dealer. For some reason, they called my mother, instead of me even when I gave them my number, and told her that it would cost ~1000€ to fix. As that was to expensive for her (she pays the bill) and she needed the car, she went to the dealer and picked it up again.

    They told her they refilled the system (we have to pay for it of course) and then saw the compressor was broken. She doesn't know a single thing about cars, so that is what she told me as well.
    If I go back to the dealer, they can't tell me what is wrong with it unless they check it again. So the only thing I know is that the compressor is broken...

    Is it possible that the complete compressor is broken, or is it just 1 small thing that can be changed. At the dealer they just change the complete unit as it is less work, but a complete compressor is ~600€, so i'd rather do it myself if it is some little sealing ring.
    If I do have to change the complete unit, I'd like to do it myself to save some money. I'd buy a second hand compressor and just swap it, afterwards take it to the dealer to let them fill the system. Is this do-able, or do you need realy special tools?

    Are there any things I can check to identify what is broken?

    Also, what is the part number of a compressor? We have a 2000 1.6i 16V 100hp Ecotec engine. Does it have to be a compressor from that engine, or do others fit as well? A 1.6 is quite rare over here, most take a 1.4 or 1.8.

    Thanks in advance!
    Tom

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    I'd get an air con specialist to look at it.

    I don't trust main agents for anything more complicated than a service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark T View Post
    I'd get an air con specialist to look at it.

    I don't trust main agents for anything more complicated than a service.
    I don't even trust them for services - in over 20 years I've had too many Vauxhall dealers doing things wrongly, or not doing things, on company car servicing.
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    Hello Tom,

    It would of been regassed with a dye so that any leaks would be visible. They would of checked the system over whilst the A/C is switched on. I currently am suffering from the same problem. The A/C bearings/clutch has gone (made a whiring whilst on and driving). By all accounts to repair this you would need a clean room and clean environment. Therefore the compressor as a whole has to be removed, replace and system regassed. Vauxhall in the UK quoted me £500 parts and labour.

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    I don't know if they have put in a due or not. They charged 90€ to regas it, that's all I know.
    From what I know, the compressor is just screwed on the engine block and driven by the accesory belt. So if I can find a complete second hand compressor, I don't have to worry about bearings and the clutch.

    I'l have a look if we have airco specialist around here. Not realy sure it there are some, only the ones that do houses etc.

    I drove around all winter with the ECO button pressed, so the airco didn't consume anything when it though it had to work. Is this bad? I heard that you need to run the airco once in a while because else it breaks. Is this true and is that the thing that happend? Or is it another bull**** story some sales guy made up in brought into the world?

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    I'm affraid Tom its not some sales hype it is true. The aircon system needs to be kept moving as otherwise parts dry out and eventually let gas escape from the system. Its recommended that its turned on once a week at least.
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    Too bad, oh well, seems like spending some money on the extra petrol isn't as bad as spending money on a new AC...

    But I don't get it. When you have a manual AC, most people leave that off all the time. Or is there a computer that switches it on once a in a while. If so, the electric AC should do this as well. Either that, or go out of ECO mode every time you restart the engine.

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