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2011 C4 A/c Condensor Replacement


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#1 C4FAMILYMAN

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 07:09 PM

Hi all, haven't posted in a while. Recently my air con failed to provide cold air. Booked to recharge the system today and the guy said I have leak in the system. He had used snoop on all the areas he could and through elimination stated my condensor will need replacing. He quoted me £170 for replacing and charging. Is this a fair price? How difficult is it to replace the part myself? I'm nn stranger to using tools and have worked on cars before but have never touched A/C. Any advice is much appreciated.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 10:03 PM

Not sure which engine your car has, but the condenser and a couple of seals could be about £60 to £100. If DIY replacing it you would still need to have it regassed which seems to cost around £60 giving a total around £120 to £160. So the price quoted does not seem too bad. If the air con still has some pressure in it then it would need the gas removing first at the garage, although if there is a leak this is unlikely. A typical place for the leak would be where the pipes connect to the condenser.

 

Replacement and regassing is supposed to take about 2 hours and involves removing the front bumper (to access the radiator fasteners), air filter casing, undoing the turbo air pipes to the doser valve, unfastening the radiator so it can move back, undoing the condenser pipes to the condenser, plugging them to prevent moisture getting in and then removing the condenser.