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    aircon re-gas

    i've got the '00 2.0 Di 80odd hp diesel van (without intercooler) and the arecons about as good as that found in most old fords!
    when you turn it on you can just about feel a drop of a degree or so which doesnt really cut it.
    i've got 2 options
    1, get kwick fit to re-gas it for £45 with a garentee of sucess or my money back
    2, buy a £25 halfords regas kit

    if i go for the halfords kit, which valve do i need to connect it too?
    there's one valve on the front of the aircon rad and one underneath the inlet pipework running paralell witht eh chassis rail??

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    wrong forum, can mods please move this to diesel? thank you, sorry

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    For the extra £25 I'd be inclined to go for the Kwik-Fit fix with the guarantee, but some quick aircon fixes only serve to bugger up the system further down the line.

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    Agree with above £45 is a very good price. Does this inc a pressure test

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    i have been told they flush the system then refill which i would assume needs to be pressure tested

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    i went for the halfords jobbie, unless you have a longer hose or its a different car avoid! it didnt fit very well, the canister barely sat behind the turbo then before i could even depress the tap it leaked out all over my hands (thank god for rubber gloves!)

    i could see how easy it would be but not with an 8 inch hose and no access

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    wouldnt bother with that crap in a can + get it done right 1st time imoa, lucky you had gloves on cold burns hurt and can blind you if it gets in your eye

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    i have forgotten how many times i have said this but i will say it again NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER use the aircon gas in a can thing as there is no such thing as "a top up" the only way to see how much gas is in your car is to take it out and then weigh it. i work for kwikfit and we have been doing aircon for a few years now these are the steps that the machine that all kwikfits use do.

    1. removes gas from car
    2. removes pag oil from car
    3. pulls a vac. for 20mins (can be set to longer but 20mins is default) this also removes moisture
    4. holds vac for approx 5mins to see if there is a leak
    5. fills correct amount of pag oil back in to car
    6. recharges the car will correct amount of gas


    the problem is the leak test.
    during the vac it only pulls it down to under 1 bar, so a leak that doesnt show at under 1 bar will no show on the ac machine but when your ac is on will operate up to around 10 bar so will leak ..
    so in essance if you know you dont have a leak then use kwikfit but if its got no pressure on the gauges on the ac machine then tell them to leave it..

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    i have been told they flush the system then refill which i would assume needs to be pressure tested
    no they dont flush the system as such but does remove the moisture

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    thanks vxgsiturbo
    i'll defo be down kwick fit, probs next sunday (i do hope they still do 'captin cash day' lol)

    a friend used one last year on his car and it worked slightly better after (he did use half of it to find a leak in the system though)

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    Dont use DIY kits, they are rubbish!

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