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    Default Air conditioning compressor or something else?

    Hi guys,

    Following on from the other thread about recharging the gas in the air conditioning system I went to an air con specialist today who emptied the system and refilled it to the recommended level and.....

    Nothing!! There are no leaks but the air con compressor is not cutting in at all when the button is pressed. He said to check the fuses but they all seem fine. This leads me to think that this is a bigger problem than usual. A burning smell was coming into the cabin just before the a/c stopped working and a few whines from the engine bay.

    Is it possible that the compressor is dead or could there be something else causing it to not kick in? If it is the compressor where is the best place to get a new one. I've seen a few on ebay.. Would it be difficult to replace it myself?
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    compressor clutch stuck ?

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    it would be my guess that the compressor or compressor related wiring/electrics is/are kaputt
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    Do all vectra c's have the same air con compressor or are they engine specifiic? Would it be a big job to fit a new one?

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    No, I took bumper off, condenser changed and bumper back on in under 2 hours ( and that included a break for my tea ). 13mm spanner, T20 and T25 Torx keys are all that's required. I followed the instructions from someone on here ( my apologies for forgetting whom, but the instructions were great ). Made a piece of V-shaped metal to take the 4 pins under the bumper off - came out easily.

    Got my genuine Vauxhall oem condenser from autoairconparts ( next day delivery ) and the 2 washers from Vx dealer ( although I think I could have saved £21 by not changing them ).

    Total spend ( incl. gassing ) £176. Freezing now

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    my conderser is on back order from vx

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    hey Gmc12, the compressors are different and engine dependant, ( i just checked on epc) also year dependant. Personally i would have an air con specialist or god forbid, even the dealers do this work. They can fit, align and recharge the gas all in the same job. siadwel is talking about the condenser, which as he says is an easy job, but would still need a specialist to refill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney490 View Post
    hey Gmc12, the compressors are different and engine dependant, ( i just checked on epc) also year dependant. Personally i would have an air con specialist or god forbid, even the dealers do this work. They can fit, align and recharge the gas all in the same job. siadwel is talking about the condenser, which as he says is an easy job, but would still need a specialist to refill.

    Sorry there, I was indeed only talking about the condenser

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney490 View Post
    hey Gmc12, the compressors are different and engine dependant, ( i just checked on epc) also year dependant. Personally i would have an air con specialist or god forbid, even the dealers do this work. They can fit, align and recharge the gas all in the same job. siadwel is talking about the condenser, which as he says is an easy job, but would still need a specialist to refill.
    Thanks for checking that for me. I know its a tougher job but if I get it de-gassed is it just a matter of removing the bolts holding on the compressor and the pipes attached to fit a new one?

    Ive seen a few on ebay or maybe I could get one in a breakers yard. I think they are very expensive new from the dealer. Is there any way of testing the compressor?

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    If the system is empty it is just a case of removing the bolts there are 3 torx bolts holding it in place 2 are fairly easy to get to and one is more awkward. One bolt holds the aircon pipes in place fairly easy to get to if you have an array of ratchet extensions. once removed you will have to drain and measure the oil in the compressor and put the same amount of new oil back into the new compressor. You may also want to replace the aircon pipe sealing washers. It's a fairly straight forward job to do although it does help if you have small hands lol.

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