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Old 27th September 2015, 11:44   #121
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Fan can be, if the grill temperature is in the right range. Since fan disperses the chill from there to the cabin. The item seems to be the AC evaporator that has been replaced, which might have had a minor leak.
I've had a 'supposedly' full opening of the AC unit and check done and now the cooling is worse. What are my options now? I'm pretty sure the service centre guys are playing dirty.
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Old 27th September 2015, 17:01   #122
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I've had a 'supposedly' full opening of the AC unit and check done and now the cooling is worse. What are my options now? I'm pretty sure the service centre guys are playing dirty.
Why don't you try an independent vendor and take readings at least, temperature and gas pressure? 1 option is to escalate to company, other is go your own way with independent specialist.
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I've had a 'supposedly' full opening of the AC unit and check done and now the cooling is worse. What are my options now? I'm pretty sure the service centre guys are playing dirty.

They must have goofed up on the HVAC temperature doors assembly or fresh air intake assembly or some other of the many critical components. Just putting in new stuff doesn't suffice. When an old Ac system is opened up after long intervals all these cautions should be taken along with replacement of sponge/Hitlon packing materials used in many places. Most of the time the ass guys don't do it. An independent garage might be able to help you out as they do it up more diligently. Or else get tough with the people back at ASS. Why should you pay again elsewhere for their goof up?
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I have a 2009 model i10 1.2 petrol.

The AC is throwing hot air. Got it checked at HASS. At first they said that there is probably a gas leak in the evaporator coil behind the dashboard. They quoted around 6000 for that.

However once the mechanic opened up some pipe near the car radiator, he said that the compressor oil has gone black and that the complete AC system including the compressor, coils and pipes will need to be changed. That would cost upwards of 40,000/-

Anybody here can suggest a cheaper way or jugaad to get it fixed? Or complete replacement is the only solution?
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Old 9th February 2016, 18:13   #125
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Its 2009 model, and why are you still sticking with HASS? Get to a nearby garage and ask them to check for fault and don't mention anything about what the HASS guys said. Mostly it will be a minor fault, and this is a place where they try jugaad rather than replacing entire unit.
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Thanks for the reply. I went to the local AC shop directly from HASS. He didn't say anything about the compressor.

He just said that we need to plug the gas leak which is probably in the evaporator coil. Quoted 4500 for it.

Should I go ahead with it? HASS says only a complete unit change can fix it...
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@Ajay

Thanks for the reply. I went to the local AC shop directly from HASS. He didn't say anything about the compressor.

He just said that we need to plug the gas leak which is probably in the evaporator coil. Quoted 4500 for it.

Should I go ahead with it? HASS says only a complete unit change can fix it...

A new evaporator coil for an i10 with installation will cost you under 8K.
If he is going to remove the dashboard et all, might as well put in a new one.
I had a similar issue with my 4 year old i10. Works like a champ now.
Get it done from a AC specialist, look up the team-bhp thread on recommended shops.
It is insane to get it done from ASSes.

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Anybody here can suggest a cheaper way or jugaad to get it fixed? Or complete replacement is the only solution?
Visit this person: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/delhi-...new-delhi.html (Car Air-conditioning - Cooldays Car AC (Lajpat Nagar-I, New Delhi)). I expect he would have a cheaper solution for you.
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Independent garages that specialize in servicing car ACs are most of the time better than the authorised service center. They even charge far less
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A new evaporator coil for an i10 with installation will cost you under 8K.
If he is going to remove the dashboard et all, might as well put in a new one.
I had a similar issue with my 4 year old i10. Works like a champ now.
Get it done from a AC specialist, look up the team-bhp thread on recommended shops.
It is insane to get it done from ASSes.

The local shop I am talking about quoted 4,500 for the evaporator coil. That includes the labor charges and gas refilling.

Thanks for the heads up. Will get the local done tomorrow.
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Have you started using the AC in NCR yet. Dont worry, there is snowfall in Shimla the weather will be more colder soon.

On a serious note, seems gas problem, get it checked at independent garage. Paying 40k is just atrocious, the link given by SST has been recommended by a lot of BHPians, try that person and share your feedback. I will be visiting this person too for my Santro once the winters are over.
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Take it to a good competent AC shop, figure out what is wrong and then change that part. Even a compressor would be max 10-15k.
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Have you started using the AC in NCR yet. Dont worry, there is snowfall in Shimla the weather will be more colder soon.

On a serious note, seems gas problem, get it checked at independent garage. Paying 40k is just atrocious, the link given by SST has been recommended by a lot of BHPians, try that person and share your feedback. I will be visiting this person too for my Santro once the winters are over.
My trips are concentrated during the afternoon time. Need AC at that time of the day.

Yes, 40K on such an old car doesn't make a lot of sense.

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Take it to a good competent AC shop, figure out what is wrong and then change that part. Even a compressor would be max 10-15k.
Yes, compressor is priced in that range. However, HASS says changing one part doesn't solve the problem.

They say that the grinding of the parts has caused the oil in the compressor to get dirty and even if you fit one new part, the residual oil from the other parts will contaminate the new part.

Somehow I don't trust this information.

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Hyundai India thinks they are selling Range Rovers to us hence they never shy away from quoting atrocious prices. The service advisor will tell you that its a company policy to replace any faulty part rather than replacing it. I have a 2012 i20 Asta and last year my car a/c started giving me trouble. I went to Mithula Hyundai in Mira Road. They took one whole day to find the fault and the advisor told me that the compressor and the coil needs to be changed and gave me a cool 40000 estimate. Like everyone is was shocked and thought of selling the car. There was a nice chap in the service centre and he confidently told me to ignore the advisor and ask them to just replace the pulley and the belt. The gamble was 5000 bucks so i went ahead and asked them to do the same and voila the a/c was back to its cooling best.
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They say that the grinding of the parts has caused the oil in the compressor to get dirty and even if you fit one new part, the residual oil from the other parts will contaminate the new part.

Somehow I don't trust this information.
Even if there are loose particles there should be a fool proof way to clean up, check with a professional AC person. But first thing find out what really is wrong, is it AC comp or just a simple leak.
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