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Yaris Air Conditioning Broken!

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Hi Guys

Hoping someone here might have a little knowledge of the air conditioning system on the car! I filled it up with some refrigerant last week which has leaked away! When I had a look round the engine it would appear there is a small amount of Oil leaking from the very front radiator??? Im guessing this is the one for the air conditioning? As you look at the front of the car its leaking from the bottom left hand side on what looks like a pipe running up the side of the radiator! This also looks to have a screw in bottom to it (is that correct) or is it one fixed piece?

Is it possible to replace it diy? it has no gas in the system....the sight glass is completely empty and is not chilling (although it was when i first gassed it)

Any advice on prices etc gratefully received.

Thanks

Nick

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Found the price for the condensor.....I knew it wasnt a radiator....couldnt remember the right word!! Its about £100 any idea how easy it is to do it?

Nick

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Its about £100 any idea how easy it is to do it?

Nick

You of course have all the required equipment to prevent any gas loss to the atmosphere.. And know what you are doing..

So you will know that letting out the pressure by itself is dangerous and of course you are qualified in air conditioning repair..

Otherwise get a specialist.. prevents contamination of the atmosphere and injury to you...

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There is no gas in it..all lost to the atmosphere already! I wanted to do the condensor myself and then will get our fridge repair guy at work to re-gas it and fill it with Oil....I would never let the refrigerant out on its own.....Not only dangerous but expensive too!!

Nick

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It is also illegal, as of the 1ST June 2010 you must have a license to handle and use r134a refrigerant. You can no longer charge the A/C system with refrigerant unless it has first been tested with oxygen free nitrogen. hope this also helps you

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Interesting.....While in Halfrauds this morning they are selling r134a in a tin at £50 to DIY top up!! I'm not really much of a law breaker so if those are the rules then so be it! I just didnt want to spend out a huge amount of money on a car that is worth a couple of grand!

Nick

Was in there getting new Wiper Blades...wanted me to pay £2 to change them!!! Did them in the car park and saved the money for a McD milkshake!

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It MUST be illegal then as Halfrauds were selling the DIY cans for undar 20 squid a few years ago AND were giving away a free air-con cleaneing canister at the same time. :censor:

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There is no gas in it..all lost to the atmosphere already! I wanted to do the condensor myself and then will get our fridge repair guy at work to re-gas it and fill it with oil....I would never let the refrigerant out on its own.....Not only dangerous but expensive too!!

Nick

FYI

Just had my Landcruiser's aircon re-gassed by a mainstream tyre fitting garage group can't remember their name offhand........ Like Kwikfit anyway.

They checked the system for leaks, emptied it of moisture/oxygen, regassed and cost £50.00, they also have a free re-gas/fault finding service in the event it fails within a set time.

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As the gas has all leaked anyway, then there should be no issue with you changing the mechanical components that have failed and then going to a specialist to get the car pressure tested and refilled.

That's what happened when mine broke.

A local air-con specialist came around and used a "trace" to find the leak (it was a tiny crack in a pipe...).

He told me what part to go and buy and swapping the pipe was a simple mechanical replacement job....

Then I brought him back to test and fill the system again.

So all the handling of the refridgerant was done by the qualified engineer and I simply swapped the broken pipe, as that saved him two hours work and the hassle of ordering & fetching the part....

Moral of the story is to go to a local air con specialist and to avoid the "fast fit" or "diy" solutions, because you do need some knowledge of air con systems to identify what part has failed and how best to test & repressurise the system...

Only cost me £50 for both visits and the replacement gas....

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A properly filled air-con system contains an ultra-violet dye. A quick look around with a UV torch and yellow spectacles will soon detect any leaks.

The down side of trying to do a DIY regas is that air-con systems must be filled by weight - not by pressure.:)

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.....and the correct amount of Oil too!

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