As the Topic title says, I checked the fuse and the air con relay, both fine [swopped the latter with the horn relay to check it was working ] watched the promo video on Ebay [url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/R134A-CAR-AIR-CON-SYSTEM-REGAS-RE-GAS-REFILL-AIRCON-/370264422880?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item56357ab9e0"]scroll and play[/url]
Anyway as I'm ferrying visiting extended family around in this heatwave this week. I thought I would go to my usual mechanic and see if he had a pressure gauge, he could connect to my Air Con low pressure side. I wanted to know if it was a full lose of refrigerant, indicating a leak. And if that was the case, it would need to be treated with a stop leak product that could possibly reseal the system, prior to spending money attempting to recharge the system. The latter to me appearing to be the cheapest course of action to take.
Anyway pops round to my man's garage, but he informs me he does not have a air con adaptor gauge, as he does not do air con re gassing, he uses the garage top end of the yard as he has the gassing kit, best I go see him. So off I pop, I explain I've checked the fuse the relay bla bla .....and he pipes up it will just need re gassing. I said I hope that is the case but putting the gauge on it will prove it one way or the other.
He said, sounds like you know more about it than me, I laughed and said, nay I just watched a video on Ebay. He said leave it with me for an hour, and not wanting to appear to not trust him, and understanding he may not be able to just drop what he is on there and then to see to my motor, I agreed. So I went down the yard to my mechanics for a natter while he was working on a motor.
Anyway the man pops the motor down to me with a nice cool cabin, with the vents blowing out nice cold air. I said how much would he like, he said £40, very reasonable I thought. He then said it had been completely empty, so I would just have to see how it goes on, but it has a dye in it to trace any leaks if it does leak again...................DOH
I did not say anything, as I thought what would be the point!
Anyway if it losses all it's gas again I think I will buy [url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CAR-AIR-CONDITIONING-RECHARGE-KIT-GAUGE-LEAK-STOPPER-/400137865515?_trksid=p4340.m8&_trkparms=algo%3DMW%26its%3DC%26itu%3DUCC%26otn%3D6%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8590628479689839253"]THIS KIT[/url] off Ebay and attempt a reseal and re gas myself. That way even if it does not fix the problem, I'll at least have the gauge and hose kit to enable me to do my own air con gas pressure diagnostics on cars I purchase in the future.
Besides I know which connector on the air con was used to re gas the system. But first I'd like to know if anybody on the boards knew which one it was ? Because maybe if I'd asked I could have just bought the kit myself and done it. So on the Mk2 Focus is it the one just below the drivers side windscreen on the engine compartment bulkhead. Or is it the one at the front of the engine compartment just to the left of the radiator, and right of the off side headlamp unit.
I have since found out Halfords do FREE gas pressure checks