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Hello

I would like to fix my air con before the summer (spider ts )
have done a search cant really find anything helpfull

basically if i push the button nothing happens ,
was thinking try a re gass and leak test 1st see what happens from there ?

Has anyone tried the DIY re-gas kits are they any good ??

any other ideas ???
 

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Hello

I would like to fix my air con before the summer (spider ts )
have done a search cant really find anything helpfull

basically if i push the button nothing happens ,
was thinking try a re gass and leak test 1st see what happens from there ?

Has anyone tried the DIY re-gas kits are they any good ??

any other ideas ???
I'm in the same boat so will be interested to hear how you get on. As I live in Scotland, air conditioning has never been my top priority!
 

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KwikFit were offering re-gas with "no fix no fee" deal for £49.99. If the offer is still on that is a pretty good deal. Especially if your aircon hasn't been working for a while as it will probably have a leak. So they prove the leak and you walk away without having spent a penny.
 

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like the kwik fit idea will look into it .it hasnt worked since i bought the car last year
 

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Let Kwik Fit recharge your Air Con while-u-wait. We will replace and recharge lubricant and refrigerant levels in line with your manufacturer’s recommendation. If we cannot improve the coolest vent temperature from your car by more than 10% when measured in degrees Celsius - then you pay nothing at all.*

10% improvement seems a bit of a cop out too me
 

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A leak test will be the first stop, and that is best done by a specialist with the proper equipment unfortunately...either vacuum/pressure testing a static system or dye/sniffer testing a running system.

For the sake of £50 the Kwik-Fit option may suit some people but all they do is connect the car to a "one button" machine that does all the thinking for the operator, if you can find a local vehicle air-con specialist you are likely to get a better insight into your cars problems.

The usual weak spot is the compressor shaft seal, this dries out through lack of lubrication if the system is not used regularly...the oil is carried around the system with the refrigerant as a sort of mist (miscibility!) and keeps all the seals nice and moist in theory.
 

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I recently took my car to get the aircon charged as it didn't work when I bought it- I worked at Kwik Fit many years ago so still know some of the guys there. He put it on the machine and started to run through the process. First is a vaccuum check, which it failed miserably, but after a little investigation we found the bolt that holds the 2 pipes just behind the rad on the left was slack. Took off the pipes, replaced the 2 o rings and reassembled. (Kwik fit now carry all the equipment to repair aircon leaks, and can even repair leaky pipes and hoses) After this the vaccuum held and passes, gassed up and now works perfectly, although its hard to tell how cold it is as its so cold outside. Not sure with the alfa what the minimum temp it works down to? usually 3 or 4 degrees.

Anyone in Fife with aircon issues, pop in to Kwik Fit Glenrothes and see Ricky or Baz!
 
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