I sometimes wonder if the ability to be dogged and determined is a blessing or a curse.
A few weeks back we dropped the Patrol in to get her wired up for electric brakes and a couple of other things. The air con would occasionally cut out on very hot days and I wondered if it was a switch problem or something more serious. I asked them to have a look at it.
So we got the car back and all was good but no problem was detected with the air con. Fair enough because it was intermittent…
However the day after getting it home I start it up and the air smells like a cat has died in my vents. It clears after a couple of minutes but is pretty nasty. After a week the coolness loses punch and I take it back…
They regas it with dye to be able to check for leaks but can’t see any reason it is smelling. $180.00 thanks…
I go back again on my way home from work one day because it still stinks. They spray deoderiser on the evaporator. Now it smells like body odour mixed with deoderant.
I drive away and it continues to stink. In one week it has lost its cooling punch yet again. I go back and they look it over. The evaporator is leaking. They change it over and regas it. $480.00
I drive away and it doesn’t stink. I am happy.
However my once very cold air con is no longer up to its usual standard. It packs a punch in the morning but come afternoon it struggles to keep up.
I ring and book a time to go back. They tell me it was spot on when I left.
The elec runs some tests and discovers the head pressures aren’t what they should be. “Its the thermo fan not cutting in at the right time. I can fix it for under $200.00.” I ask if this will solve the problem. “Yeah – should do! Its all I can see”
Can you see where this story is heading?…
As I drove off assured that the temps were now right in the spec range I noticed it wasn’t cold. It was ‘cooler’ because they wired the fan to be permanently on with the air con, but still not cold.
So far it has been the best part of $800.00 for no result and I am a tad annoyed.
I rang today… He had no answers…
I borrowed a vent probe off my own mechanic and checked the temps. Instead 6-7 degrees they were 9-10 when running and 12 when stationary.
I am running out of options here, but I am so far down the road now that I am not about to just leave it and have a lamo air con.
How many times can you go back?…free get smart