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Hi. I feel that it may be time to get the AC topped up. However, i've been told that the current gas (think it was called D12?) in the unit is now illegal or something along those lines. The garage said i'd need a new condensor plus other parts!

So, is this true or can i still get tha AC topped up as normal?
 

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I just had mine done and I was told my '92 was the last year for R-12 freon. Not sure about the laws in England but here in the States you can still have it topped off as long as it is done by someone who is professionally licensed. I have heard that it can be updated to the new system but I would need to take a second mortgage on the house to do it more than likely!!!
 

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My 92 K reg had a compressor failure and it was replaced and new refridgerant was put in. They had to flush the old stuff out as it was the now illegal stuff and fill it with new legal stuff. There was no mention of them having to replace the condenser.

Is the garage an A/C specialist?

Steve
 

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Hi Surfpunk.
My 92 Carlsson had the 'old',now banned R12 refrigerant and last year I had mine converted to the new R134 stuff. All they did was to put new connections onto my Sandon compressor to allow the new gas to be installed. I can recommend a company called 'Polar' from your neck of the woods. They will come to you. Hope this helps.
 

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Hi,
By coincidence, I've just had my R12 repaired. Under no circumstances would the tame air-con man refill with R12, due to the extreme penalties if anyone found out! I was looking at converting to R134, but he said this was not recommended on old systems like this, as it's 'very harsh' on the system. In the end, we converted it to R413A one of the new generation of R12 replacements.
Cost, including removing old R12, vacuuming system out, refilling with Nitrogen to pressure test for leaks, then refilling with R413+neccessary oil +U/V dye for future leak checking: £99.85. Time taken about 2 hours. I used Masons at Cricklade, Wilts as we use them for work vehicles and I trusted them not to rip me off!
As a result, the air-con works better then it ever has done, and I'm now cocooned in cool luxury with a big smile on my face  
Their tel no is: 01793 752033.
Pete.
'91 9000S 2.3 Turbo  [/b]
I took mine to the same place for the same procedure after the above reply I got when I was looking to top up the gas. Advantage of the above is that you don't need to replace anything (opposed to converting to R134).I was very happy with the work. This was this time last year. Air con is still.working fine.

Hope this helps
Harry
 

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Can anyone reccomend a place I could get my aircon re gassed and what I ought to pay (presumably avoiding main dealers. I am in South Harts and the car is a (^MY CS Aero)

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Julian
 

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Don't know where you are in S. Herts but my wife had her car aircon done by a mobile man who comes in to Bushey Hall Garage , which is a local one that services both our cars. If they put a mark up on his charge it's modest and they take a reasonable view on costs if you have to have the regassing done again if the system has a slow leak.
 

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I think the re-gas was well under £100, but they added a fluorescent dye in case there was a leak. Unfortunately there was, and her Ford Galaxy needed a new evaporator unit which needed the dashboard etc removing. Eventual parts and labour were in the region of £1000. The Galaxy is particularly difficult with around 14 hours labour to dismantle and rebuild
Good job she's working
 
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