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[Vectra B] [95-02] air conditioning not working

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by aboseglobal, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. aboseglobal

    aboseglobal Member

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    Hello

    Need some advise please. My air con is not working, thought it was the gas so went to kwik fit and had it regassed. the guy said that when he had recharged the air con it kicked in and was blowing cold air and then suddenly just stopped. He could not offer any other further advise and said it couold be a number of things. He gave me a card for an air conditioning specialist so i took the car there yesterday, the guy had a brief look by reving up the engine and said that the compressor is kicking in as the rev does change when switching the air con on. He also felt the pipes and ssaid that normally one pipe should be hot and one cold and both are hot so there are three possibilities

    1. there is a unit behind the dashboard that maybe faulty - labour cost would be £300
    2. Even thogh the compressor is kicking in there maybe something in the compressor which may be fauly - labour cost to change £100
    3. It could be the radiator whch needs changing

    He said that i would need to bring it back as it would take about three hours to check what the fault is.

    I checked all the fuses under the steering wheel just to check whether there were any blown fuses but all seems fine.

    Am slighly relunctant to take the car back as can see a very hefty bill coming my way for what is quite an old car and thinking whether there is something else that i can check.Any advise would be helpful. I do have an OPCOM unit but not sure whether that would be any use in finding thisn fault. Many thanks in advance for any advise.

    Amit
  2. Tight Git

    Tight Git Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear of your problem.

    You seem to have done all the right things, but if it was a simple problem, the air-con specialist should have spotted it.

    What he told you sounds correct, except that it is probably the condensor rather than radiator.

    I'm afraid air-con is not really a DIY job, so you've got to face up to a large bill or go without.
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    Many thanks for the advice, I guess OPCOM would of no use in this situation. Regards.

    Amit
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    Tight Git Well-Known Member

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    You guess correctly!

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