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    Possible Fluid Leak...IMG Included!

    Whilst working under the car I noticed a greeny/brown oily like fluid leaking from what I believe to be the AC compressor.

    Basically the car has been sat idle for 6 months and a couple of days ago I stared the AC up for the first time in ages...it worked fine...

    Now I start the AC you can here a gassy hissing noise comming from the heatervblower/matrix area inside the cabin, turn AC off and leave the blowers on and the hissing noise goes away.

    The tempreature does not get cold at all and stays at normal temp

    Was that refregerant/die leaking out?? Is it new compressor time??

    I have marked where I think the two possible areas are that the fluid is leaking from?



    Many thanks in advance guys!!

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    Best bet is get it checked. This time of year a lot of places will check for leaks for under £30. My guess is that the cold weather when you stood the car up, coupled with the recent "heatwave", has caused the seals to deteriorate and leak. The fluid will just run to the easiest possible escape route at the bottom once the system has begun to lose pressure.
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    This does look very much like a leak from the AC compressor.

    BEWARE : these plugs face downward and there is oil inside the compressor so it is very likely that the oil as well as the coolant has leaked.

    This compressor looks just like mine and if it is (Has SW in big letters on the sticker) it should contain 150ml of PAG oil as well as 600grams of R134a.

    Sadly the only way to know for sure how much oil is in and how much must be added after fixing the leak is to take it off and drain it and refill it.

    But since you maybe need a new pump it's no problem because you can fill the new pump before fitting.

    My pump was leaking and knackered as a result of the missing oil.

    If you need a new one this is what i bought and it fits just fine (Assuming your car is a Z18XE or compatible one like mine) :

    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    I also bought a new dryer but my system had been un-pressurised for a year and if yours has pressure still it might not need it.

    This is the dryer :

    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

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    If I'm refitting the pump will the system not need re-gassing anway? New compressor sounds like a right biatch!

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    Yes removing the pump = regas.

    It's not that hard to swap the compressor.

    This is how i did it (Might be easier ways).

    Take off front bumper.

    Pull both rads out. This will enable you easy access to the compressor.

    Unscrew the old compressor.

    Fit the new compressor....If you put the belt on and use force you should be able to get the bolts in and use them to retension the belt...No need to ease tension elsewhere.

    Fit everything in the opposite order.

    In my case the dryer posed a much bigger problem than the compressor as the plug that was holding the dryer in place had corroded stuck in the rad....Had to use serious force to free it.

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    Cheers dude, going to check on the leak today but I'm pretty sure its fecked. Will need to source a new one or atleast second hand I suppose

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    New one can be had for 200 EUR so buying a second hand unit that you know nothing about seems a bit dangerous wouldn't you say ?

    New one is new, has warranty....Used one can be just as fecked at the one you pull off...

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