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Aircon fixed at last!



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weslp00

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Wed 08 Aug 18 11:11

Aircon fixed at last! Message Icon


I have been having a saga with my C5 AC for a few months now ( leaking oil from compresser) and at last got it fixed. Banghead
The issue around this type of work is safety and the environment. The law now says that you need F-gas certification to handle R134 refrigerant. Fair enough I think. But I wouldn't be able to do the gas and re gas myself.
So after hunting around I got put onto a guy who runs a mobile firm "AirCon Tom". He is based in Harlow Essex and was double recommended by Custom Exotics.
So he came to me, easily diagnosed the leak (compressor) and de gassed. I then bought a complete box of bits from Rock auto, compressor, condenser, accumulator, hoses and orifice tube. Fitted it all in between removing and replacing the water pump, vacc'ed it out and Tom came back, nitrogen pressure tested, vacc'ed again, oil filled and refilled with R134!
What a palava! But now I have 6 degrees C blowing out of the centre vent ..it works!! And we couldn't find any leaks.

So long story short if you want your AC serviced or fixed, Tom from "AirCon Tom" is your man !... 07794954752. He is on FB and has a website too.
Being mobile he does repairs and has just about every AC tool that you can imagine and experience to go with it. He is even considering retro fit/conversions from R12 to R134..top man! And prices are very reasonable too Thumbs up Thumbs up

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z06_tim

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Thu 09 Aug 18 07:25


He sounds really good.

I wonder if converting R12 to R134 is really worthwhile now that new legislation requires all new cars to be sold with a new refrigerant. Believe it is R1234yf, and likely to be on all post 2017 cars.


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2001 Z06, 1994 LT1 (sold)
Alfa 147 GTA daily driver.

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roppa440

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Thu 09 Aug 18 08:57

Re: Aircon fixed at last!


Mine stopped working on my way to Scotland in the hot weather. Just needed a re-fill but it costs £60 these days so had to put off until pay day.

In the US you can go into any automotive store and buy a can of the stuff for a few dollars to pressurise it yourself. It's easy.

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weslp00

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Thu 09 Aug 18 09:33


z06_tim wrote (View Post):He sounds really good.

I wonder if converting R12 to R134 is really worthwhile now that new legislation requires all new cars to be sold with a new refrigerant. Believe it is R1234yf, and likely to be on all post 2017 cars.


Tim,

Not sure if R1234yf is compatible with our compressers AND it is reputedly more expensive that R134 even though it is more environment friendly..its all a rip thata why I did it myself with some help from an expert! Laughing Clap



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L88

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Thu 09 Aug 18 09:41

Re: Aircon fixed at last!


Buy up more bottles of R134! Iíve had one the size of a calor gas bottle and itís lasted me 8 years, Iíve topped up 5 friends cars this summer and itís still got loads left so two more of those and R134 will live on in the South East for decades.

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weslp00

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Thu 09 Aug 18 10:07

Re: Aircon fixed at last!


I've still got an unopened 2 pound bottle of R12 in the garage but I'm not telling anyone. Yes Laughing

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Daytona Vette

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Thu 09 Aug 18 12:09


z06_tim wrote (View Post):He sounds really good.

I wonder if converting R12 to R134 is really worthwhile now that new legislation requires all new cars to be sold with a new refrigerant. Believe it is R1234yf, and likely to be on all post 2017 cars.


Tim, this is whom I use and they are closer for you - These guys besides servicing, supply the trade with air con parts and gases - they will even install air con systems in a vintage Roller.

Last time I was there they had the rare Cadillac sports (is it XLR ?) in there, the one similar to the C6 and produced at the Bowling Green facility.

They know their stuff - good lads.



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z06_tim

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Fri 10 Aug 18 07:23


Daytona Vette wrote (View Post):z06_tim wrote (View Post):He sounds really good.

I wonder if converting R12 to R134 is really worthwhile now that new legislation requires all new cars to be sold with a new refrigerant. Believe it is R1234yf, and likely to be on all post 2017 cars.


Tim, this is whom I use and they are closer for you - These guys besides servicing, supply the trade with air con parts and gases - they will even install air con systems in a vintage Roller.

Last time I was there they had the rare Cadillac sports (is it XLR ?) in there, the one similar to the C6 and produced at the Bowling Green facility.

They know their stuff - good lads.


Thanks Barry. Hopefully I don't need any A/C services right now. I didn't catch the name of who you use tho?

I remember the XLR well, as I worked in Detroit those years it was produced, and saw quite a few of them. Shame it was canned, but at the time a $110k Cadillac V8 sports car was not the quickest seller. Wonder where we will get to now, given the $100k+ Vette has been with us a while and the mid-engined car is nearly ready.



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Alfa 147 GTA daily driver.

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Daytona Vette

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Fri 10 Aug 18 13:29

Re: Aircon fixed at last!


Apologies how remiss of me

http://www.motorclimate.co.uk/

Just off the A46 roundabout - Budbrooke Trading Estate

Yes XLR I had not seen one before, as I was driving into the workshop it was at the back with the boot facing me - I could not place what it was, the squarish rear end reminded me of a bygone Maserati, but it was not one of those.

Once I got up to it I knew, it was a Cadillac and I could see the Vette in it, the retracting hard top was interesting, the wood trim to the dash and interior was fitting for a Caddy but not for this twist on a Vette.


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