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Old 9th April 2008, 18:52   #1
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Unhappy Servicing of AC in old cars

I was recently shocked to read Hyundai's labour charges on AC servicing. They had 5 stages, and the labour charges IIRC went up to 10K for the Stage 5 servicing!!!! That is ridiculous. (I saw the chart at Motor Plaza, Mathura Road, and I remember seeing it on their website though it seems to no longer be there).

Anyway, I have a 7 year old Accent, and it's AC is not what it used to be. If there are people in the back seat, it has to be put at maximum power, and even then it doesn't feel that effective. (keep in mind, it was never very good as compared to ACs in the Baleno etc.).

So what are my options to improve it's AC performance?
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Old 9th April 2008, 18:55   #2
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Get the work done from any non authorized car AC people. Ask them to clean the blower and the associated plumbing. Refill the gas (refrigerant?). A friend recently did the same for his Accent. Total bill came to around 4.5k, with the gas.

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Old 9th April 2008, 19:06   #3
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another thing remember to check if the AC system uses R12 refrigerant, atleast that's what my 98 Zen had and when I took it for servicing to a local mechanic he almost filled R134A.
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Wrong gas will almost 'Blow' up the compressor...

The Local AC walla, will gladly service the AC and top up the gas for around Rs.1.5K...

I paid Rs.5 K for all the cleaning, and the cooling coil, the coil itself was Rs.3800.
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I just got my ac serviced from Samara hyundai for 1200. They gave me that 20% discount as well due to a camp going on.

Mostly you would need only gas topped up and cooling coils cleaned. This brought my AC performance back to original levels.
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I have spent close to 20k on getting my AC to perform, my car is 99 zen carb.

The 1st local guy told me that the compressor had to be changed, then the evaporator coil, then the condensor and the ac filter bottel, now this he said would be cheaper if bought refurbished, so I agreed to do so, however no relief.

I changed the garage as I lost faith in the 1st one and thought that these guys are taking me for a ride, the 2nd garage said all looks fine but the compressor is weak and we can swith to a more powerfull blower, I agreed, however the air throw has increased but the cooling has futher gone down, and now I think that my earlier compressor was better than this.

I had read some where in this forum, about people switching to Sanden 507 compressors in Maruti 800's, and the performance being very good, however my macheanic says that the Sanden 507 is too big to put into a zen and that it goes into the 800 and Esteems as there is space to fit it in, however in zen there is no space for fitting a Sanden 507.

Now I feel that it I had initially invested in the original unit, the total cost would have been around 20k, but the problem is that I got it done at local garages and the problem is still not fixed even after spending 20k.

I'm lost at the moment and feel fustrated after spending soo much and getting nothing out of it, and the fact that a bigger compressor like Sanden also cannot be fitted into the zen.

I now think about the baleno campressor and wondering if that would fit into the zen, as in the forum Baleno owners have reported the AC performance to be really good.

So far the only cars that I have found the AC to be very good are Alto, and Mahindra Bolero, and heard that the Maruti Baleno AC too is very good, I just hope a solution comes up where my ac performance increases.
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Local A/C walla refill is usually around .8 to 1K. You may need to get the blower and condensor cleaned as well given the age of the vehicle. This is contained within the dashboard and may require the entire dash to be opened.
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I was recently shocked to read Hyundai's labour charges on AC servicing. They had 5 stages, and the labour charges IIRC went up to 10K for the Stage 5 servicing!!!! That is ridiculous. (I saw the chart at Motor Plaza, Mathura Road, and I remember seeing it on their website though it seems to no longer be there).
Before calling the charge ridiculous, lets analyse what procedures / parts are included in that fee. Can you ask them and list it here?
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Putting in a more powerful compressor would generally also require a bigger condensor, Cooling coil dryer etc, right ? can someone confirm this ?
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Veb, go to a reputed AC walla and ask him to do a complete check up and servicing of your AC. I recently enquired about it for my Getz and was quoted 1500-2000 for the entire job.
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Old 11th April 2008, 13:56   #11
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Hi,

Been wondering about this one. With around 90% AC use, at what interval should the AC be checked? And at what interval the refill be done?
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