306 Aircon on fritz in time for summer.
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    Default 306 Aircon on fritz in time for summer.

    Aircon cools but the belts a squeelin and sounds like a pullie going chuff chuff....whats gone wrong and how much am I up for?

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    At best adjustment of the belt tension.

    At worst , a replacement tensioner pulley or even a replacement compressor involving a full recovery of refrigerant , system purge, replacement of filter dryer, and a full refrigerant recharge.

    You need to get quote - it is impossible to even take a guess at cost without a diagnosis.
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    Yes, first thing I'd be suggesting is idler and tensioner pulleys are past it, aux belt too.

    Compressor clutch clearance can change from wear, this does not need a whole new compressor. Sanden compressors are a lot cheaper than once, they were losing too many sales to the Chinese knock-offs.

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    Compressor clutch clearance can change from wear, this does not need a whole new compressor. Sanden compressors are a lot cheaper than once, they were losing too many sales to the Chinese knock-offs.
    True, but any serious aircon shop will replace the compressor completely. At $50 -100 per hour , the cost of replacing the clutch and seals and head gasket can easily exceed the cost of new compressor. Clutches ofen fail because of internal compressor problems.

    A compressor replacement gives the service company and the client the ability to give/ be given 12 month warranty and the likelihood of the repair lasting.

    Component repairs are three months and crossed fingers warranty.

    Been there and done , for a major job like a clutch failure it pays to besafe and the extra $150 plus or minus is cheap insurance IMO.

    If you are working at home clutch servicing may be worthwhile.
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    I had the exact same thing happen to my s16 - squeaky belts and lack of ac. Turns out the compressor was cactus. I ended up getting a new compressor off eBay for ~ $700, then getting a specialist to fit it including re-gassing and a new receiver drier.

    Another thing to note regarding ac performance on the 306 is that the thermo fan motors in front of the condenser like to die, so look at them too while checking the ac.

    I've had all of those things replaced (also accessory belt and pulley) and my ac now works s treat (and as an added bonus the car doesn't overheat anymore either!)

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    Turned out to be one of the fans coming unscrewed and threatening to become a drone. Very cheap fix! Winning!

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