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My aircon on my Laguna II Dci wasn't working so took it to a specialist for a regas and service and was a bit taken back when quoted £70. But the guy explained the complete process to me and I went ahead and he explained each step his new German machine (he says it cost £7000) could do. It automaticaaly went throught the following sequence
1. Injected lubricant.
2. Checked for leaks
3. Degassed the system
4. Regassed the system
5. Added a dye so furter leaks could be easily detected.
6 Pressure tested again

He then carried out a visual inspection using an ultra violet light whilst wearing orange tinted glasses. The whole process took 90 minutes so it appears there is a big difference between a service and just a top-up of gas.:)
 

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Its true in many cases that you get what you pay for - did he disinfect the system to clear any mould?

Paul:)
 

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I got a leaflet through the door from one of the dealers I've used in the past advertising a special deal on air-con disinfecting at 20 quid.

I've already used one of the aerosols from Halfords for a tenner and it worked like a dream. What's more, it took me less time to do than it would to run the car up to the dealer and back.

What's the betting they use the same 10 quid aerosol, except that they get them trade price rather than retail? :d
 

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When I took the car in the first question he asked was if the pollen filter had been changed recently - I changed it 2 weeks ago. I asked him about disinfecting and he said to do it properly you need to remove the pollen filter and he only uses it when there is a smell. He went on to say whilst the disinfectant works he is off the opinion not to use it unless necessary as it may cause damage to some of the interior sensors such as the evaporator sensor, etc. He went on to say the best way of keeping air-con in good condition and smell free is to use the system regularly. If I had any odour problems within the next couple of weeks he would deodorise free of charge.:)
 

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One of the most effective ways that the owner can keep mould at bay is not only to use the air-con regularly, but also to crank the heating up to maximum heat every now & again. Its a common misconception that air-con should only be used in hot/humid weather - its something which should get used most of the year.

Don't get hung up on the additional 5% (if that) of fuel that the car will use - it costs a lot more than that to get the system repaired.

Paul:)
 

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Mine cost £76 to be re-gassed and whatever else they do to it, took just over an hour .
 

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Yep I use my aircon all the time very rarely is it switched off, summer & winter ..Use it or lose it is my motto.

Regards

Ottoman
 
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