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    having problems with my air con the dealers tell me the condensor has gone and looks like a stones hit it so not coverd under warrenty does this sound correct and if so are they simple to replace and what sort of cost or could they be fobbing me off?

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    it sounds about right.. impact damage isn't warranty covered...

    a new condensor for your car is £206 + vat full retail ( part no. 13114943 ) and then they will have to strip and fit.. so allow about an hour of fitting time, plus a few extra seals, and then a vac and regas charge of around £80 - £100...again + V...

    If you wanted to do the job at home you could...providing there is no gas in the system.. this is MOST IMPORTANT as freeze burns can result if you undo connections on a gassed system, as well as it being HIGHLY ILLEGAL to release CFC gases from car AC systems..

    to do the job, you'd need to remove the bumper and ideally the front crash beam for better access, then supporting the rad pack, remove the lower arms to allow the pack to drop down a few inches.. the condensor is screwed to the radpack at the top and sits in grooves in the intercooler at the bottom.. the rest is just low pressure gas lines..don't forget new seals thou..

    then you will have to get it vac tested and recharged..

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    If it's an impact from a single incident then your insurance will cover it, subject to excess and affect on your claims record; if it's multiple stone impacts over time then it's wear and tear instead.

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    ad be amazed if the insurance pay for it

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    did they actually show you the gas escapeing where the stone dammage is
    that condensers can be perforated at 2 years old onwards stone dammage does happen but not as often as they make out

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    no ive not seen it but even so would i know what to look for

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    just a stone chip thats penetrated the cooling tubes running horizontal there will probably be stone chips there but the dammageing ones usually stand out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    it sounds about right.. impact damage isn't warranty covered...

    a new condensor for your car is £206 + vat full retail ( part no. 13114943 ) and then they will have to strip and fit.. so allow about an hour of fitting time, plus a few extra seals, and then a vac and regas charge of around £80 - £100...again + V...

    If you wanted to do the job at home you could...providing there is no gas in the system.. this is MOST IMPORTANT as freeze burns can result if you undo connections on a gassed system, as well as it being HIGHLY ILLEGAL to release CFC gases from car AC systems..

    to do the job, you'd need to remove the bumper and ideally the front crash beam for better access, then supporting the rad pack, remove the lower arms to allow the pack to drop down a few inches.. the condensor is screwed to the radpack at the top and sits in grooves in the intercooler at the bottom.. the rest is just low pressure gas lines..don't forget new seals thou..

    then you will have to get it vac tested and recharged..
    All spot on, except the part about 'low pressure gas lines' to the condenser. The condenser is on the high side of the ac system, therefore high pressure gas lines and new seals are vital to make the condenser gas tight.

    In brief, from the compressor to the expansion valve is high pressure, this includes the condenser. From the expansion valve back through to the compressor is low side (low pressure lines including the evaporator)

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    where exactly is the condensor? because through the lower grille all i can see is the radiator so im wondering how suseptable it is to stone damage?

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    I had a huge stone hit my condensor when I drove about with no bumper on but it seems to have sealed and kept working so I think I had some sort of leak stop in with my gas as some green gunk came out.

    The condensor is in front of the radiator.

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