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SeanW

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#395982 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 09 August 2014 - 11:14 PM

If I remember rightly the Ford OEM one was about £130!!

Yeouch!!

I'm going to find somewhere on Monday - my usual back street geezer (straight as they come but doesn't look or sound it lol) doesn't do it...might have to ask where he sends his customers.

On the plus side, the job doesn't look stupidly difficult to do if it is that!!

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#395942 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 09 August 2014 - 09:04 PM

That's not a bad price!! I was expecting twice that lol
Thanks bud

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#395745 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 09 August 2014 - 08:44 AM

I would say if it was partially working before then try another garage as maybe the gas they were "supposed" to have in their machine was empty !!!! did they give you a print out ? it should say how much oil recovered, how much the system was filled by but more importantly either LEAK DETECTED or NO LEAK DETECTED :D :driving:

No, they didn't give me a printout - never gave it a thought lol


This happened to me earlier this year, it was working just not cold cold so had it re-gassed. This only lasted 2 weeks so the ac guy came back and checked everything over incl the compressor and deduced that it was the ac rad.

I changed it myself to save cash, tricky job but do-able and it was the rad as only when you get the rad out you can see the leaks and I had about 4 in total and all on the edges and round by the rivets.....replaced it with an aftermarket one and all's good

Got a link? Just incase lol

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#395718 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 08 August 2014 - 10:38 PM

It was working, just not particularly well (as in I could hear the it clutching in and it got coolish - well, cooler than blower only), which led me to believe it was just age-related wastage.

I was fairly sure it was a case of plug it into a machine and push a few buttons. Didn't think that would have been too difficult...guess I was wrong lol

Got out this evening with my little £4.99 Maplin Special (which now won't turn off lol) and can't see any signs of any fluorescent dyes anywhere (other than a few drops of rainwater which glows slightly...looks kinda eerie lol).

Also, don't check your oil at night with a UV torch - it looks emulsified lol

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#395459 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 08 August 2014 - 01:47 PM

cheapest option is probably purchase a UV bulb from one of those insence burning shops that also sell lots of Gothic items and dream catchers,
Then borrow a bed side lamp from the house along with extension cable and wait for night to arrive,

I picked up a little UV keyring torch, should be bright enough to see tonight.

We haven't got any of those odd little shops anymore lol

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#395418 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 08 August 2014 - 12:09 PM

Kwik fit.. Enough said Sean

They're close and could fit me in lol

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#395379 Burnt My Rear Valance Towing

Posted by SeanW on 08 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

How long was that road?

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#395371 Ac Recharge...

Posted by SeanW on 08 August 2014 - 09:15 AM

So, I've just been to Kwik-fit for an AC Check + recharge. I have a leak apparently...

Lass tried telling that it's got to be the compressor, because she couldn't hear it kicking in as she drove it back round the front.

Well, no love, you won't. You're colleague has just completely drained the system - no, it shouldn't still kick in - the ECU won't let it engage to protect it. No gas means no oil, so it won't kick in. Oh, that's kind, you can get a "Master Technician" in to have a look for me? Only £35? Nahh, I'll leave it thanks.

I may very have had a small leak that was exacerbated by the pressure changes in draining and testing the system. But I don't appreciate young technicians trying to blag their way through an excuse (bugger...I feel old now - she was no older than 21, I'm only 26 lol)

Now to find a UV torch before I try elsewhere

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#395308 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

Yeah, no amount of goop will bodge that lol
(Although, I do wonder how many would try and then wonder why it won't work?)

I've got a space saver and have swapped the extending wheel brace for something a bit sturdier.

Also, fellow FOC'ers, I would like to clarify my aide was to the cars owner, not to the car itself - I know the lad and he isn't a "car person" and doesn't understand Vauxhalls like we do lol

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#395305 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 10:10 PM

Just seen on Facebook a picture of a flat tyre...on a 2012 Corsa...I didn't laugh much, well not until the driver pointed out the car only has a tin of goop and not a spare :D

He's a nice lad, so I pointed out that the Fiat Grande Punto is built on the same platform and as such he can double his search area for a spacesaver + toolkit

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#395289 Does Anyone Else Get This Urge/temptation?

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 09:33 PM

did you follow them because they didn't wave back at you?
continuously waving as you tailgated them smiling :lol:

Nah, just coincidence that we were both headed into Cleethorpes lol

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#395275 Does Anyone Else Get This Urge/temptation?

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

I have the urge whenever I see another Mk2.5 Focus in Avalon lol

I followed one for a good mile or more, but he never waved back :'(

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#395118 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

I was served by an older chap - whilst a young lad (maybe 19 at a push) was trying to offer his assistance. So I just used the calculator on my phone and showed the older chap - not easy doing mental maths with dippy chipping in. Showed him the screen and he just said "Yeah, that'll do!" Lol

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#395106 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by SeanW on 07 August 2014 - 02:40 PM

I popped into Halfords to get a few bits - Cycle Carrier, bike helmet, bike cleaner and a set of lights - came to £106-and some pence. Chap behind the counter said "Err...what's that? Oh, call it £107...so that'll be what? £17 off?"

He wasn't far out... £16.05 lol

For anyone having trouble - get them to apply it as a coupon and enter the card number as the coupon code

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#394439 New Corsa

Posted by SeanW on 05 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

A possible alternative:

1. A Vauxhall spy (*cough*HShaw*cough*) steals photographs of a good looking car
2. These photos are scanned into a computer using a 90's scanner
3. The work experience kid is asked to draw the car using MS Paint
4. The robots (cold war era Russian rejects) build the car and we get the Corsa

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