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    Default 306 air-con compressor issue

    have been told ours is tired and should be replaced - 2001 Rallye with 130,000 kms genuine, so a bit surprised

    believe it's a Sanden and they are pricey here

    does anybody know:
    - can they be repaired? have been told no but I see refurbed ones on the web

    - can it be something else or is the compressor a typical problem?

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    - anywhere in Oz to source a sensibly priced one, new or used in good nick?

    thanks in advance

    ALW

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    I have a 2000 cabrio, air works a treat, no problems at all, get it checked by an air cond specialist, should do a lot more miles, my wj jeep has 350k and air is perfect, last jeep was 81 model and just needed regas every couple of years, leaky hose finally replaced, rare for compressor to die.

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    have been told the compressor is not putting out enough pressure and if low on gas and hence oil will ruin the compressor itself and best to replace

    the aircon fellow wouldn't regass - worth a shot or not? daughter is a student so $ are tight

    its a Sanden SD7 V16 1227 variant if anybody has one in good nick I would be interested


    hmmmmm

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    First go to a different aircon speciallist for a second oppinion the compressors are repairable sometimes depends on what is wrong.

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    I've put new bearings in the pulley section that constantly spins. I got the bearing from CBC and from memory it was $50 last time so it's quite a big one. That's what has stopped every one I've known which is three on a 406, one on a 307 and two on a 306. But we drive through water crossings regularly which hastens their demise.

    The actual pump side seemed OK though we generally take that out of service.
    Usually a proper job will be replacement of all the O rings at each hose junction, a new freezer dryer, some new compressor oil and finally a regas which is usually only half done until they are sure there are no other leaks in the system.
    I've had experts say it couldn't be done but when I got them to simply do the above mentioned things I have re-vitalized some systems after they hadn't been in use for several years.
    So I think if yours is still operating even slightly the first thing is to do the vaccuum test for leaks and then systematically replace orings and freezer dryer and you should be in biz.

    PS Pugwreck might have one at a fair price .

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    I'd want to make sure the rest of the system is up to scratch before throwing big money at a compressor.
    From your description, it sounds to me like someone can't be bothered doing a proper diagnostic and wants you to throw money at parts till the problem goes away. I'd recommend a second opinion.
    Might be something simple like a blocked filter/dryer or maybe fault TX valve

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    thank you for the sage advice - will take the suggestions on board and do a little more digging

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    I had a similar problem to yours with the Sanden compressor in my MI16 and was told by a service guy it probably needed replacing. However my son told me to get an opinion from a specialist air conditioning service in Ferntree Gully and they looked at it and told me the Tx valve was leaking refrigerant and needed replacement. When this was done and the system was regassed it was completely o.k. So beware compressor faults!
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    got a 2nd opinion - no leaks and plenty of gas - but not enough pressure from the compressor so reckons one of the valves isn't doing its thing

    bought a newbie OEM from Europe at not silly money - let's hope it does it

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    fixed today, valve gone in the compressor - car is nice and cold now

    have to recommend Spareto in Estonia
    bl**dy brilliant service, ordered on-line late Thursday night Brissie time, delivered to home midday yesterday and car fixed today

    Auspost could take a leaf
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