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post #15 of (permalink) Old 18th August 2007
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Hi Anthony - time to take stock of the situation me thinks.
1. Should you go back to main stealer - in my opinion "no"
2. The leak can only really be detected by ultra-violet light and yellow spectacles - assuming dye was added to the refridgerant in the first place.
3. Any spillage of the refrigerant could have been when you depressurised it (or possibly during the accident or subsequent repairs) - air-con should only be emptied by the special machine as it is harmful to the environment and you and me.
4. Are you certain there is a leak and of its location.
5. Can the leak be repaired - lets assume it can - hopefully with new "O" rings.
6. The engine bay should be cleaned down so no erroneous signs of refrigerant are confusing. Beware do not use a power hose.
7. Have the system serviced by someone who knows what they are doing and take it from there.

Please do not mention the name of the garage in the forum as it is forbidden to name and shame for legal reasons
A proper air-con service consistes of the following and take 90 minutes or more.
1. System is emptied under vacuum and any extracted is weighed
2. Sytem is maintained under vacuum to determine if any leaks are present.
3. System is refilled - this is done by weight calculated in grammes - this can only be done by a specialist machine.
4. During filling a special lubricant is added to prevent seals etc., form deteriorating
5. A flourescent dye is also added
6. System is run to check eficiency
7. System is checked for leaks using an ultra-violet light and orange specs.

I understand your frustration regarding the garage and what appears to be shoody workmanship and poor ethics - I sincerely think it's time to walk away as from what you say they appear to be incompetent (I dread to think of them working at brakes, etc).

I hope the above comments have been helpful and hope you get it sorted without too much hassle.
Good Luck
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