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Renault - Espace - Air Conditioning

Letting you all know about this as I wonder if it is a common fault - or indeed an installation design fault.

I found air conditioning not to be working - had'nt really driven the car in hot weather until now. After a recharge (free of charge at the Renault dealer - don't ask me how I got that) and after a diagnostic (again subsequently wavered) the switched earth wire to the compressor was found to be faulty and corroded at the connector block.

Apparrently quite a few bits in the engine bay had to be removed to get to it. I probably did pay more than if I had used an independant garage however fortunately the dealer I bought the car from has agreed to contribute an amount towards it even though I was outside the used car warranty. (You might say they should'nt have sold the car to me with air con that was not working - but they have sorted a couple of other items and think they are being very reasonable)

While it was in I also had the auxillary belt drive and tensioner replaced as the tensionar pulley was found to have a chunk of plastic missing - this was done close to the price of the parts.

Overall it has burnt a small hole in my wallet, but overall the I think the dealers have been reasonable - don't ask me to mention names and costs for this one as I don't want to put the dealers up for comparison.

However the main reason for the post is to try and find out if this is a common fault - air con compressor - not the pulley wheel.

Also after this episode I am wondering if I should have purchased a car that still had the manufacturers Warranty with it. I guess we live and learn.
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theres been plenty mentioned about joints drying causing coolant loss but not heard about the wire before. If you are happy with you're dealer let us know. We have a recomended dealer thread, we often complain about the bad ones but never praise the good.
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Also,if your worried about future dramas,consider taking out an aftermarket warranty.They vary in quality wildly,but if you read all the small print and purchase carefully,it should take the sting out of any future problems.

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I've just bought a second-hand Grand Espace mkIV and have had the same problem with the connector. I knew the aircon wasn't working when I bought it and thought it might be the compressor as there was no drop in revs when the button was pressed. While I was underneath the car to find out the compressors details. I noticed that one wire on the 2-wire connector plug had completely corroded and was broken in 2 places within an inch of the block. I've just phoned City Motors in Bristol who are the local dealers and was told there's no replacement connector available and I'd have to buy a completely new compressor (do they come with a new plug and length of wiring then?) at a cost of 350+. When I said I wasn't going to pay that much and I'd have to sort out the plug myself they just it the phone down on me!!! Not a "Sorry we couldn't help" or similar, so much for customer service eh! I'd have got a right rollicking if I'd have been heard done that when I worked at John Lewis lol. Fingers crossed it sorts the problem, or it'll be eBay here I come.

Anyway,where's my soldering iron...
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Re: Renault - Espace - Air Conditioning

Renparts provided me with a warranted used replacement for 100 - Renault quoted over 500 plus fitting for mine!
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