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How often is air con servicing needed (if at all?!)

Discussion in 'Heating & Air Con' started by K-Rog, Mar 10, 2019.

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    The dealer has said my 2.5 year old T6 Beach is due an air con service, but is this really needed or just a way for them to get more money out of me? The air con works fine! They’ve quoted £79, would it be cheaper to get it done at a garage? TIA!!
     
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    They tried that con on me..

    There is no such item on the VW maintenance manual.

    Its a sealed system so if its working leave it alone in my opinion.
     
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    I think VW recommend year 1 some sort of hygiene clean, year 2 a complete regas and clean, and alternating then between the 2...
     
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    My Ford Focus worked well for 16 yrs without touching the air con....apart from making sure I used it regularly. Is the Cali so much more inferior. Surly if it works well, leave it
     
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    I do my own a/c regas etc. My recommendation is to leave it alone. Its good practice to run it regularly. If it loses efficency ie not as cold then get it serviced. If it smells musty then get it debugged - can do this yourself.

    All a/c loses gas over time as it diffuses through the rubber pipes but can take a number of years
     
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    If the vehicle and the AirCon is used regularly throughout the year then you can leave it unless you require a clean due to musty smells. However if the vehicle is laid up for prolonged periods or the AirCon is rarely used. This is when problems are more likely and may not be fixed by a simple re-charge of the Refrigerant. Your choice.
    Personally I have it done every 2 years and can notice a difference as do other family members.:thumb
     
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    I change my underwear on the same schedule with the same happy family............
     
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    Thanks for your replies all. We use the van almost daily with the air con on and have had no problems with it, so I’m thinking maybe I should leave it alone for now at least!
     
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    There are a lot of little extras that garages charge for that are normally ignored on prepaid service plans, replacing the brake fluid is one, you will pass your MOT with the original brake fluid in a 20 year old car, it is a puzzle.
     
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    Also, dont confuse the pollen filter change that can smell and get mouldy and I always replace mine every 2 years..
     
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    I recently had my aircon served and regased, after ten years of ownership
    KwikFit do a brilliant job, for £79, don’t both with the main dealers
     
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    I was advised recently to recharge the Aircon. I declined as it still blows icy cold. On enquiring about price, I was told that I have to pay double as the SE/Ocean has two separate systems. Is this true? I know there are two separate compressors but are the systems totally independent of each other?

    Note: Cali is 2008.

    Cheers in advance.
     
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    Two evaporators, one compressor.
     
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    Before our marathon driving trip through Europe ladt Summer I took the Cali into Halfords for a re-gas. Brilliant bloke tested it said please save your money its working perfectly! Top bloke! Saving paid for a couple of extra nights beside Lake Geneva with the water lapping at our feet and an amazing Sunset over the mountains!
     
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    Had mine done early last year only cost £35.00 mine is a 2006
     
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    I agree that air con re-gas is a bit of a rip-off, I don’t think there is any need if it’s nice and chilly.
    But I think brake fluid is a different matter. It’ll probably be fine for a few years, but I’d definitely recommend changing after 3 or 4 years.
    See the below:

    “Brake fluid is a hygroscopic fluid - meaning that it absorbs water over time reducing its effectiveness.
    If the fluid is not changed before the water content reaches the 3% mark, the water brings down the normal boiling point of the brake fluid and air bubbles are created as a result. Once this happens, the brakes become ineffective and dangerous.
    If that wasn't bad enough, a motorist probably won't even be aware that this has taken place because the braking system will appear completely normal until the brake fluid reaches the reduced boiling point - which usually occurs after braking heavily.”
     

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