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Highlander

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Aircon regas
« on: May 02, 2011, 10:09:48 AM »
Anyone know of any good deals on these DIY refill kits?

I've had a couple of tins I've had for a few years now but they finally ran out this weekend, popped into Halfords and they want £50 for one!

Kwik fit also want £50 for a recharge!

I got my last ones for under £20 each!



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Re: Aircon regas
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 11:19:15 AM »

Have not got any for a while but think I paid £20 from my factors last time.

Some on eBay for £20 all in too.
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Re: Aircon regas
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 12:44:02 PM »
if a aircon discarghes and you need to refill it each year, it would be wise to let a pro look at it. can you check for a leaking seal or pump at home or check if there is still enough oil in the system? or do a vacuum test?

i played with the idea off filling the aircon off my mustang my self with those refill kits. a friend that does this for a living, checked the system, put the sytem on pressure, no problems there. but the vacuum test showed there was a very small leak behind the clutch. i would never found that problem with a diy kit.

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Re: Aircon regas
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2011, 13:31:22 PM »
Its not for the same car, I have loads of motors  ;D

I recently bought a Sierra which has gas in it but not enough to run the system, I have loads of receipts for it going back years but can't see any for aircon, think it just needs a top up.

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Re: Aircon regas
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 17:37:31 PM »
The Sierra system was originally filled with R12 refrigerant which is no longer made.  The modern R134A is not directly compatible with the old systems as it uses a different lubricating oil and a different rubber material for the hoses and seals.  The DIY kits are all R134A.  Your car may have been converted to R134A in the past, if so, the top up kits should be OK.  Some specialists will still fill an old system with R12 for you, they use recovered and cleaned gas.  There are also a couple of "Drop In" replacements for R12 but these aren't cheap either.  R134A is not as efficient as the old R12 so the system will not be quite as good if converted.
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Re: Aircon regas
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2011, 18:55:53 PM »
I'm assuming mine is still R12 as the sticker hasnt been changed, I've seen a couple of conversions and people who will do it but not cheap as you say!  ;D

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2011, 19:58:39 PM »
134a conversions = money.

i did that with my mustang, i had to replace almost everything. hoses, seals but also the pump. just to be sure i also replaced the condensor and dryer. the only parts that are stock are the unit under the dash and the pressure valve. because 134a is not so effective i als needed to and a fan behind the condensor.
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