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    Air Con Woes

    I have taken my car to Kwik Fit twice (two different garages) in order to get it regassed. Both times I have been told they cannot do it. The second garage told me it's probably the compressor that is gone therefore it will need changing.

    I opened the bonnet and switched the A/C button on and off and did not hear the click of the clutch engage. The airflow in the car is good but pushing the A/C button does not have any affect at all.

    Any ideas of what this could me, more importantly how much it could cost and also should I go to a Vauxhall dealer with it or simply a local garage (the vauxhall dealer I rang yesterday quoted me £50 just to look at it and tell me what was wrong )

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    I had this same problem and it simply turned out that it needed regassed (oh and a new valve)

    Heard mixed stories about KwikFit and their new aircon services - I'd say stay away. Go to someone who really knows what they're doing

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    Ahh so it may just be the valve not letting in the gas. But would I still be unable to hear the "click" from the compressor if there was no gas?

    Should i take it to a dealer and have an air con service for 89.95?

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    When I was having problems, nothing kicked in at all when you hit the A/C switch. No clutch, no clicking, revs didn't alter at all.

    I used a mobile guy (ScotAir) and he came out. He checked for leaks, all the usual stuff, changed the valve and regassed.

    So I'd say you wouldn't be able to hear the click if there was no compressor. AFAIK there's a system in place to stop it firing up at all if there's no gas.

    Get it serviced by an A/C specialst but I wouldn't pay more than £60-70.

    (Should prolly put this in the the relevant forum for technical help )

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    Ahh right, will do. Hopefully it won't be the compressor as I got quoted 380+VAT yesterday to change it.

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    Right just had a mobile guy come and go. Basically he drained the system, everything was fine. The plate was moving freely on the compressor. When he went to put the new gas in is where the problems began. The pressure on the low pressure side was about 5.5 bar and the gas just would not go in. So I think I have to take it to a dealer and get them to diagnose it.

    I was told by the guy that it will either be a new compressor, new valve, possible blockage or a electrical connector.

    Will have to go tomorrow. Would it be smarter to go to a locval specialist or is there more chance or me getting done over by them?

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    If he couldn't get has in, the valve may be jammed

    Don;t think much of your mobile guy!

    You can fill on the high side connector, but it will take longer.

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    I'm in West London but if you know of someone who is good then I'm willing to travel. From what I saw the gas was going in but extreamly slowly. In about a minute or so about 0.060kg of gas went in. The then switched the engine on and tried turning the AC on and off. The cluth didn't engage.

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    I've got all the kit myself, but I'm a fair way East of London.

    did he pressure test with nitrogen first?

    that would have revealed a problem with the filling valves.
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    Not as far as I know. The only other bottle that was connected was at the beggining. I think this was just the old gas being taken out as he used some sort of compressor or something to do this.

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