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#1 IanH

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:50 PM

Hi

I have a 2003 1.4 Zetec with no A/C.

Has anyone ever self fitted an A/C system?

Looking for any advice.

Ian

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#2 Jonny87

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:48 AM

Hi

I have a 2003 1.4 Zetec with no A/C.

Has anyone ever self fitted an A/C system?

Looking for any advice.

Ian



NO

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:55 AM

NO



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fricking tricky and !Removed! expensive! go buy one with it on! :lol:

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:15 AM

I think Jonny is having a bad hair day. :ph34r:

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:21 AM

I think Jonny is having a bad hair day. :ph34r:



so far the day is good :) But if I was having a bad hair day I would rather have that than a baldy

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:22 AM

Hi

I have a 2003 1.4 Zetec with no A/C.

Has anyone ever self fitted an A/C system?


YES.

I've helped retrofit AC to a couple of Volvos and a Rover 214. It's actually very straightforward to do (easy, even) but it is a bit of work.

Basically, you gotta get the whole AC system from a scrapper (new pipes are recommended, it's very hard to remove them undamaged!!) then you have to mount the compressor to the engine which is a doddle (except the tensioner was tricky on the Rover). The accumulator and radiator just bolt in under the bonnet, the mount holes are already there in most cases.

Next up you have to remove 90% of the dash on the car and mount the AC airbox; after which you sort out the plumbing. Get the system refilled by a professional and check for leaks (I had one on the first Volvo I did, but the installer used flourescent dye which shows up very clearly... One new 'o' ring later and it's sorted).

AND THEN... You have to check the wiring is in place to raise the idle speed when the AC is switched on. For the first Volvo this needed a solenoid installed on the Carb, but the other two (fuel injected) already had the wire on the loom to raise the speed, so they were pretty much plug and play.

Last I heard the Rover is still working perfectly (three years on) and the second Volvo needed a re-charge after a year but is still going strong.

So yeah, it's a lot of somewhat fiddly work, but nothing about it is rocket science.

Here's some links (none of which pertain directly to the Fiesta, but should give you an idea):

http://homepage.ntlw...rley/fitac.html
http://forums.mg-rov...ead.php?t=24983
http://forums.mg-rov...ad.php?t=325021

And there's also some intelligent discussion (unlike the thread on the subject here) on MPG affects of Air-Con:

http://forums.mg-rov...ad.php?t=322578

Have a read and figure out if it's best to retro-fit or maybe sell up and buy one with it fitted from the factory. Best of luck matey!

Chris...

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 10:26 AM

YES.

I've helped retrofit AC to a couple of Volvos and a Rover 214. It's actually very straightforward to do (easy, even) but it is a bit of work.

Basically, you gotta get the whole AC system from a scrapper (new pipes are recommended, it's very hard to remove them undamaged!!) then you have to mount the compressor to the engine which is a doddle (except the tensioner was tricky on the Rover). The accumulator and radiator just bolt in under the bonnet, the mount holes are already there in most cases.

Next up you have to remove 90% of the dash on the car and mount the AC airbox; after which you sort out the plumbing. Get the system refilled by a professional and check for leaks (I had one on the first Volvo I did, but the installer used flourescent dye which shows up very clearly... One new 'o' ring later and it's sorted).

AND THEN... You have to check the wiring is in place to raise the idle speed when the AC is switched on. For the first Volvo this needed a solenoid installed on the Carb, but the other two (fuel injected) already had the wire on the loom to raise the speed, so they were pretty much plug and play.

Last I heard the Rover is still working perfectly (three years on) and the second Volvo needed a re-charge after a year but is still going strong.

So yeah, it's a lot of somewhat fiddly work, but nothing about it is rocket science.

Here's some links (none of which pertain directly to the Fiesta, but should give you an idea):

http://homepage.ntlw...rley/fitac.html
http://forums.mg-rov...ead.php?t=24983
http://forums.mg-rov...ad.php?t=325021

And there's also some intelligent discussion (unlike the thread on the subject here) on MPG affects of Air-Con:

http://forums.mg-rov...ad.php?t=322578

Have a read and figure out if it's best to retro-fit or maybe sell up and buy one with it fitted from the factory. Best of luck matey!

Chris...



Thats such a good answer that I think I might have creamed my pants

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:09 AM

so far the day is good :) But if I was having a bad hair day I would rather have that than a baldy


Baldy is where it's at, low maintenance. ;) I bet your always getting your conditioner and moisturiser mixed up. :P

That's it, isn't it, that's why you're in a bad mood, you have run out of gel and can't create that Tin Tin quiff on your head and you'll have to go to college looking the odd one out. :lol:

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:17 AM

Baldy is where it's at, low maintenance. ;) I bet your always getting your conditioner and moisturiser mixed up. :P

That's it, isn't it, that's why you're in a bad mood, you have run out of gel and can't create that Tin Tin quiff on your head and you'll have to go to college looking the odd one out. :lol:

Far too old for college! and I dont own any conditioner, moisturiser or gel. Usually just leave the hair how it is when i wake up unless it looks too messy, in which case i just rinse it then dry it to flatten it down

Baldys dont have it easy! Think of all that suncream they have to rub in everyday! just to stop their scalp from flakeing away

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:36 AM

Far too old for college! and I dont own any conditioner, moisturiser or gel. Usually just leave the hair how it is when i wake up unless it looks too messy, in which case i just rinse it then dry it to flatten it down

Baldys dont have it easy! Think of all that suncream they have to rub in everyday! just to stop their scalp from flakeing away


I live in England,never been a problem. :P

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:37 PM

Thats such a good answer that I think I might have creamed my pants



ROFL LMAO!!

My fave members posts are all from Jonny boy at the mo!! you crackin me up! LOL! :lol:

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 05:17 PM

so far the day is good :) But if I was having a bad hair day I would rather have that than a baldy


Absolutely nothing wrong with being a Baldie B Jonny.
The only downside is it !Removed! hurts your head when it hails!!! :D
Hair is SOOOOOOOOOOO overrated methinks!
Slapheads Unite!!!
Btw....Ocean Blue is STILL by far the best colour ;)


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Posted 16 December 2009 - 06:55 PM

Absolutely nothing wrong with being a Baldie B Jonny.
The only downside is it !Removed! hurts your head when it hails!!! :D
Hair is SOOOOOOOOOOO overrated methinks!
Slapheads Unite!!!
Btw....Ocean Blue is STILL by far the best colour ;)


hoorah, let's kick the quiff boys into touch. Baldies! Baldies! Baldies!. :lol:

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:30 PM

hoorah, let's kick the quiff boys into touch. Baldies! Baldies! Baldies!. :lol:



I agree Keith! Maximum respect to the Baldies, and to the entire worldwide baldie crew.

and also to Keith, who it would appear is also a baldie :)

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 07:53 AM

I agree Keith! Maximum respect to the Baldies, and to the entire worldwide baldie crew.

and also to Keith, who it would appear is also a baldie :)


I'm what you could call, a voluntary baldie, dubbers bare blade all over, off with it I say!!!!!!!!!!!

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