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    I popped into Halfords today (as you do) and spotted Air Con recharge cannisters for about £12.
    Attach to the big pipe inlet and 20 minutes later job done, its even got a gauge to tell how much re-fridgerent is in your system.

    Ummm...

    I had always though that a 'recharge' meant removing all (or as much as poss) the gas/ lub oil and then refilling it with the correct amount of lub oil & gas so the system works correctly. That is why is as much £p as most AC people charge.

    An overfill being as bad as an under fill.

    Has anyone tried the Halford's solution?

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    Would be interesting to know

    Mine is crap !!

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    I wouldn't bother, do it properly.

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    My mate tried a DIY kit on his car and it worked fine.... easy to do too.

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    every vehicle has an amount of gas /refrigerant shown on a sticker on the front chassis plate of the vehicle if you under fill - it wont work
    if you over fill it wont work - i suspect these "cannisters" operate on a pressure equalisation similar to top up charging of batteries etc...
    if there as cheap as you say they are nothing to loose and everything to gain - do the cannisters come in different sizes?
    do they have a website you can check first ??
    good luck and remember to stand back when you start your car

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    I fully regassed my Cavalier a few years ago using a kit of cannisters I got online - oil charge, dye and refrigerant.

    It worked OK - maybe not as icy as it could have been, but still cold.

    I found that it was best to get enough gas in to get the system running, then go for a drive, come back and top up whilst the engine was still running. Only problem there is the fill valve was right next to the downpipe !

    Now, with Kwick Fit charging £45, it's as cheap to go there

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    IMO these are a quick soloution if you are going to sell it. Overcharging is worse than under charging as the compressor could pull liquid back and slowly destroy it as its designed to compress a gas to a liquid not a liquid to a liquid.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spennny View Post
    Would be interesting to know

    Mine is crap !!
    our first volunteer me thinks, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by adfrodsham View Post
    our first volunteer me thinks, lol
    LOL... no chance, I'll wait for the monkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by spennny View Post
    LOL... no chance, I'll wait for the monkey
    for the price might be worth ago, might save you 10-20 quid, but you might loose a tenner, good odds though

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