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hey all, this board has been of great help, hope this time works too! <p>1998 S70 blowing outside temp air with A/C on high and recirc on. Bought gauge and can of r-134a, and it turns out the pressure/freon level is fine (in the "good" part of the gauge). So my meager brain tells me that this is not the issue. <p>The car does do something weird. When the a/c is turned on, something around the a/c portion of the engine bay clicks on, then clicks off after about 2 secs. Waits about 4 secs, and does it again and again...<p>Anybody had this happen? guessing there are no "leaks" or lack of freon, but and issue that is related to the compressor or cabin thermostat.<p>What am I in for $$-wise? Thanks for any info that can be provided.<p>Bryan <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

That's called your <B>compressor clicking on and off.</B><br>You do NOT have it full of R134 and there IS a "lack of freon" and a good bet is that your evaporator is going KAPUT! This is not uncommon<br>($1300-$1500) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (JRL)

I was afraid of that.... <p>I wonder why the gauge would read the way that it did then, and the can I had emptied into the valve ok.....<p>hmmmmmmmmmm, now I'm puzzzled. Thought with the freon emptied into the valve, it would blow cold for a little while.
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

Another quick question:<p>I am looking at parts. I see two main parts in parts catalogues, the compressor and the condensor.<p>is the condensor the same as what you called the "evaporator"?
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

Nevermind, I am seeing all three now in parts catalogues...<p>I'm in for it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Hope you're reading your gauge with the compressor running. If the A/C is not running and you read your gauge it's going to read high. It has to be running when you read it for a true reading. If you've done all of these things, take your car to an A/C specialist. You may or may not need the A/C part(s) you mentioned.
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KniseS70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nevermind, I am seeing all three now in parts catalogues...<p>I'm in for it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yes, you are. It's a good 10 hour job. The entire dash has to come apart.<br>Nasty job and unfortunatly almost every 850 and many S & V70 have/had to go thru this at least once in their lifetime. (if you want cold A/C, of course).<br>You can try to have the system properly evacuated and refilled.<br>Sometimes it can last a season or more unless the evap has a HUGE leak, (they rust and finally crack along a seam) then it won't last very long.<br>They (dealer) told me my freon was low in my new (at the time 61K mile 850R) and I would probably need an evaporator. I had it (the system) cleaned out throughly, recharged, blew out/cleaned out all the intakes and lines, made sure everything was clean as could be, installed a new cabin filter and so far, so good.<br>6 months later, ICE COLD A/C <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> (still)
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (JRL)

Interesting.....How much did they charge you for your "fix" 6 months ago...I'd be curious in weighing my options...thanks.<p>Yes, when the compressor would kick on, the gauge would come down into the normal zone. When it kicked off a few secs later, it would go up into the red zone... so, it "appears" as if the pressure is correct. its just that the compressor won't stay on.... <p>I will take it in and review my options. Whats killing me is that I have found several aftermarket (new) evap's for 125 bucks or so.... so the rest of the 1000 to 1500 is on labor? Only additional cost i can see are the connection rings but the cost is minimal (this is of course assuming that all that is wrong is a bad evap). Something isn't adding up...at my local shops rate, and calling it $1000 on best case scenario, its a 13.3hr job???<p>Man, I'm in the wrong business! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br><i>Modified by KniseS70 at 11:06 AM 7-12-2006</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by KniseS70 at 12:27 PM 7-12-2006</i>
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KniseS70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>...at my local shops rate, and calling it $1000 on best case scenario, its a 13.3hr job???<br>]</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Sometimes.<br>It's at least a 10-11 hour job. Some dealers are way over $100 and hour, you do the math. You should replace everything that can be replaced (cheaply) and install a new cabin filter, clean out all the lines etc.<br>Your part you found is cheap and will save you a bit but, yes, A LOT of labor here
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (JRL)

Great, thanks.<p>And how much for below? <p>I had it (the system) cleaned out throughly, recharged, blew out/cleaned out all the intakes and lines, made sure everything was clean as could be, installed a new cabin filter and so far, so good.<br>6 months later, ICE COLD A/C (still)
 

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Re: Hurtin' in the heat, please help! (KniseS70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KniseS70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Great, thanks.<p>And how much for below? <p>I had it (the system) cleaned out throughly, recharged, blew out/cleaned out all the intakes and lines, made sure everything was clean as could be, installed a new cabin filter and so far, so good.<br>6 months later, ICE COLD A/C (still)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't know, couple of hundred, maybe, It was along with a lot of other repairs during that trip to the dealer
 
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