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  Reply # 1910699 29-Nov-2017 18:50
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richms:

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Aredwood: Take it back under warranty. It is probably a refrigerant leak. There will be a low pressure cutout. It has probably just activated today.


Of course lots of other possibilities on a newish car.

Also important to always use the air con At least once per month, even in winter. Otherwise the compressor seals will fail. 5min is enough.


 


It defogs your windows way quicker in the winter too. I probably use it more in winter than summer!



I dont think mine is ever turned off except when warming the car up in winter so I dont get super cold air. Just turn the temperature up



Mine's never turned off. It knows the car is cold and on auto the climate air directs to the windscreen on a cold morning and instantly clears any condensation without making me cold.




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  Reply # 1910840 30-Nov-2017 07:56
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Dingbatt: The refrigerant also provides lubrication to some of the compressor internals. A Mondeo I had, had a slow leak that eventually led to a bearing failure and total replacement of the compressor. Better a $80 check than a $1500 replacement (particularly if still under warranty).

 

If you are being charged for an $80 check go elsewhere!

 

To the OP take it to the dealership, they should arrange for it to go to a specialist. the check doesn't take long.





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  Reply # 1910999 30-Nov-2017 11:27
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Seems to be working now.  Strange.  It's booked in for Monday anyway, I'm not paying anything.


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  Reply # 1911302 30-Nov-2017 19:21
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Make sure you still take it in!

 

 

 

 

 

I've always left my AC on all year round (in cars that have had it: aka my last 5 BMWs. Before that it was windows up or down). 

 

If you have climate control, leave AC on and set temp accordingly.


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  Reply # 1911432 1-Dec-2017 08:50
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I just wonder whether it was just struggling to keep up with the job it was being asked to do.

 

Given the heat outside, it takes a lot more effort to chill the air down to what you normally expect to get in cooler ambient temperatures.
I've had this issue in cars previously where I thought it wasn't working until I stopped and got out of the car, apparently into an oven.





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  Reply # 1911454 1-Dec-2017 09:30
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Are you in the car by yourself? My navigator likes to turn the fan noise off while on the phone. Fan left off = no AC.

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  Reply # 1911718 1-Dec-2017 15:03
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gehenna: Seems to be working now.  Strange.  It's booked in for Monday anyway, I'm not paying anything.

 

If it is intermittent, this is typical symptoms of a leak/lost refrigerant.

 

They have a pressure sensor (on the low pressure side I think) that disables the compressor to protect it from damage when there is no gas available for the compressor to compress. When the system is low on refrigerant, it will start, run for a bit and then shut down when there is nothing left to compress on the LP side. Once the refrigerant on the HP side makes its way back to the LP side, the switch will let compressor run for a bit more and the cycle repeats. As the refrigerant progressively leaks away the run time gets shorter, and wait time gets longer, until it won't go at all.

 

A frig tech puts a set of dual gauges on the system and looks at the HP and LP sides simultaneously, and even if it is presently functioning OK, he will see that the LP side is lower than it ort to be. They know when the correct quantity of refrigerant is in the system because the two pressures will be at a specific levels relative to the ambient temperature and type of refrigerant.  

 

The company I used in AKL a couple of years ago does free diagnosis and estimates on Saturday mornings, so if anyone else has air-con problems phone around the specialist car air-con repairers for a deal.


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  Reply # 1912035 2-Dec-2017 17:56
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geoffwnz:

 

I just wonder whether it was just struggling to keep up with the job it was being asked to do.

 

Given the heat outside, it takes a lot more effort to chill the air down to what you normally expect to get in cooler ambient temperatures.
I've had this issue in cars previously where I thought it wasn't working until I stopped and got out of the car, apparently into an oven.

 

 

That'd be believable if it was in Adelaide last week (when it hit 40.2 degrees).... But Welly???? LMAO


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