A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
The Aircon has failed in SWMBO's 1.6 W-reg Astra Club

I know nothing about aircon, so i've checked all the fuses (manual suggests up to 3 relate to aircon, but then again fusebox depicted in manual bears no resemblance to fusebox in car !)

Is there anything obvious to check before throwing ourselves on the mercy of a local aircon specialist (recommendations for A/c specialists in wigan or warwick gratefully received)

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A/C failure, W reg Astra - Armitage Shanks {p}
Ambicool Wigan Ltd
101 Carr La
Wigan
WN3 5NH
Telephone: 01942 200995
Category: Air Conditioning Equipment & Systems


May not be cars though, worth a call?
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Armitage Shanks {p}
Here's 120+ near Warwick

tinyurl.com/fa52r

I am doing an evening shift at work and I am bored but helpful, I hope!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
Thanks, Nick

the ambicool one made me curious, as I know Carr Lane, and the address is a residential one - thought it might be a mobile service, but they only deal with residential/industrial a/c, not auto.

If we can find somewhere in Wigan, all well and good, I'll take the car in, but SWMBO actually works in Warwick 4 days a week, and if she's going to be at the mercy of some stranger down there, I'd like some sort of recommendatiion. I must get her to ask around at work on monday

p.s. - if the fuse bix in the Astra is under the drivers dash, why does the Vauxhall handbook describe it as the 'vehicle passenger compartment' - I nearly dismantled the glove box



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A/C failure, W reg Astra - yorkiebar
because they are catering for lhd models?
A/C failure, W reg Astra - GregSwain
Passenger compartment as opposed to the engine compartment, although I don't know how many cars still have fuse-boxes under the bonnet.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
Bora, does the AC light come on when you push the button?

If not, then more than likely the AC system is low on gas and the pressure sensor is stopping the AC from coming on to protect the compressor from damage.


Greg, my Vectra has 3 fuse boxes. One under the bonnet, one in the boot, and another on the side of the dashboard on the passenger side of the car.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
DD - a/c light still comes on. I have an a/c thermometer - a probe you sick in the vent - and on/off isn't making the slightest bit of difference.


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A/C failure, W reg Astra - elekie&a/c doctor
On these later Vauxhall models ,the a/c light will come on whether there is gas pressure in the system or not..However I would strongly suspect that the system is out of gas ,possibly due to a leaking condenser radiator; a very common failure.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - GregSwain
Greg, my Vectra has 3 fuse boxes. One under the bonnet,
one in the boot, and another on the side of the
dashboard on the passenger side of the car.


...and people wonder why Vectras have a reputation for electrical faults!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
...and people wonder why Vectras have a reputation for electrical faults!


I must be one of the few lucky ones in 21 yrs of ownership of various Vauxhalls (including a couple of Vectras) who hasn't then.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - GregSwain
I must be one of the few lucky ones in 21
yrs of ownership of various Vauxhalls (including a couple of Vectras)
who hasn't then.


My mum's old Vectra had enough to average that out! Annoying niggly things, like the dashboard display dying, and the fuel-pump relay deciding to turn off the pump, and therefore the engine, whilst driving along. Usually had one annoying fault every 6 months. Will admit though, it was a good car when it worked!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Adam {P}
There you go again! One old Vectra so all Vauxhalls are faulty?

You need a Nissan Dave. Then you'll be sorted.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - GregSwain
There you go again! One old Vectra so all Vauxhalls are
faulty?


It was a good car generally, it just had lots of annoying faults. Even honestjohn himself said the 1995-2002 model Vectra wasn't very reliable. There are many cars far worse than Vectras, don't even get me started on Fiat Puntos! I even considered buying a diesel Vectra when I was last car-shopping!!

Besides, the Cavalier was a hell of a good car in its day (still see a few about), and the last model Astra wasn't bad either. So no, you're wrong, I don't have anything against Vauxhalls. I'd pick an Astra over a Focus.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Adam {P}
You seem to have done a decidedly quick U-Turn there but ok.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - GregSwain
You seem to have done a decidedly quick U-Turn there but
ok.


I did write at the end of my post "Will admit though, it was a good car when it worked!"...so not really a U-turn at all.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Adam {P}
I was referring to your first post but this isn't helping Mike so let's both of us stop.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Deryck Tintagel
I have used this mobile service. He doesn't quite cover Warwick but you can go to him by appointment and he is not too far away in Solihull

tinyurl.com/jx9gr
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Adam {P}
Mike,

Without a shadow of a doubt, I can recommend Leyland Mill Motors just off Leyland Mill Lane. (Just off the same road as the hospital).

Best ringing first though - 01942 236000.

A regas on it's own costs 54 quid. He seems to know his stuff.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
Cheers Adam - I'll give the place a once over.


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A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
We have a diagnosis.

Does anybody know a supplier of cheap new/used/reconditioned compressors ?



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A/C failure, W reg Astra - mfarrow
Hi borasport

Try LSUK (www.lsuk.co.uk ) who have a branch on Emscote road in Warwick. They'r primarily electrical but also do air-con according to their website. There's an air-con specialist in Whitnash (nr. Warwick) down Tachbrook Road (not Heathcote Auto Services - they're more of a local garage).

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A/C failure, W reg Astra - elekie&a/c doctor
What is at fault with the compressor? Is the clutch magnetic coil faulty??
A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
e&acd

I took it to e&ac specialist - he checked the gas - no problem, checked all the electrics, fuses etc as far as poss and then appeard to come to the conclusion it was the generator on the basis of the amount of loose play in the pulley and what I assume is the clutch assembly.

Is there anything else ? Is it worth a second opinion ?

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A/C failure, W reg Astra - borasport20
Thanks for that Mike, but the Warwick option is out of the question at the moment.


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A/C failure, W reg Astra - piston power
winter's around the corner you won't need the a/c just the heater!!!!!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dave N
Is there power to the compressor? If so, then measure the resistance across the coil, should be 3 or 4 ohms. It's no good your man saying he checked fuses and gas, and then blaming a wobbly clutch.

He could well be correct, but it would be nice to be sure. If the clutch bearing goes, it can wear though the clutch coil, but it only takes about 30 seconds to put a meter across it. Clutches are available, just need a puller to get it off.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
winter's around the corner you won't need the a/c


Which is the biggest contributer to A/C faults come next summer. A/C should be used at regular intervals all year round to prevent the rubber seals drying out, etc. It also aids demisting in winter as well.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - piston power
>> winter's around the corner you won't need the a/c
Which is the biggest contributer to A/C faults come next summer.
A/C should be used at regular intervals all year round to
prevent the rubber seals drying out, etc. It also aids demisting
in winter as well.


when it's minus -4 id rather have the heater on full blast than worry about the air con!! but yes i do understand!!!!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
when it's minus -4 id rather have the heater on full blast than worry about the air con!! but yes i do understand!!!!


But you can still have the AC switched on in conjunction with the heater, and the heater will still produce heat. AC isn't only for those sunny days.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Adam {P}
I have to be honest, I've never used my aircon in winter. Ever.

All this talk about it not working unless you use it every day never applied to me. It used to get used from about June to September and only broke a few months ago. Even that was down to a physical hole and not the seals perishing.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - piston power
thanks dd, but surely you use more petrol with the a/c on? i just open the window slightly if it steams up! old fashioned yes but cheaper on the pocket!!!!!!!
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
surely you use more petrol with the a/c on? i just open the window slightly if it steams up! old fashioned yes but cheaper on the pocket!!!!!!!


Either method will use more petrol. Opening the window affects the aerodynamics of the car - so you'll use more fuel in that way as well. Besides which, who wants to have the window slightly open in the winter, when you can still run the AC and heater with no more fuel consumed than by opening a window.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - Dynamic Dave
But don't just take my word for it.

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=41384
www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=42279

Probably more, if I did a deaper forum search.
A/C failure, W reg Astra - piston power
thanks dd ! that made some interesting reading however old habbits die hard i still like the window open! but my mate says try it with the a/c on so i will thanks for updating my brain!!
 

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