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    Default 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    Hi there - my 1.3 passion air conditioning stopped working (it stopped a while ago, but never bothered looking), so I brought the car to a local aircon specialist and after running the diagnostics, both the AC Compressor and condenser needs replacing, including labour is around £950 or so.
    He suggesting that it could be cheaper if I could source parts like second hand, at least for the AC
    Compressor.

    I did a quick search online for Condensers and AC Compressors and there seem to vary in price quite a bit.

    I plan to keep the car another year or so, it works very well, I really like it but I drive a fair bit so doing a lot of mileage. Is it okay to order parts myself, any particular brand I should order?
    (As you can tell I don't know too much about fixing the car myself )

    Thanks

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    Default Re: 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    I’d change just the condenser first (and fit it yourself) , then use a service that offers a ‘no ac, no pay’ refill service...

    Why precisely is he saying the compressor is kaput?, it’s not unheard of , but it’s a lot rarer than the condenser/rad
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    Default Re: 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    took a while and brought it a air-conditioning specialist, they replaced the parts but they couldn't finish the job and connect the wiring/ground, so the aircon still doesn't work. I am finding difficult to find any auto electrician willing to look at the car as soon as I mention it's a Smart.
    Surely there must be someone in the SE able to connect the wiring? Any directory of tradies?

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    Default Re: 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    Quote Originally Posted by ID01 View Post
    they replaced the parts but they couldn't finish the job and connect the wiring/ground, so the aircon still doesn't work



    air-conditioning specialist
    Obviously not

    An aircon system isn't rocket science , and not particularly specific to a particular car model.



    What parts did they change specifically?


    and where precisely in the SE are you ?
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    Default Re: 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    they replaced both the condenser and compressor, even the gas has been refilled and apparently it's only the wiring the problem.
    Dartford area; I called the garage listed in Dartford and they suggested that parts should be plug and play and no wiring required.

    Given that the first garage charged me for the parts I am now stuck with the bill and no aircon. Thinking to ask them to take the parts back and remediate. Very frustrated

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    Default Re: 1.3 Passion - Air Conditioning not working

    Itís only the wiring thatís the problem
    Sounds like a cop out to me


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    Iím still unconvinced
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