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    Not really sure where to post this but here goes. Since it's for a Renault this will do!

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    Does anyone know of a reliable source overseas to find new airconditioner compressors. Im scrolling through websites but not sure which I should use. If anyone has a link to one id be grateful.
    The one I'm after I can only get genuine and have to wait anyway. I can't find a second hand one. So would rather save a few dollars and go aftermarket!

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    Have you tried Ashdown Ingram here?

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    Cooldrive AKA Jayair.
    Previously a big supplier of after market kits. They have now morphed into a spare parts supplier for non original aircon parts.

    You will buy trade fromy from Cooldrive Distribution, the ex Melbourne Auto Air Premises in Box Hill.

    Ashdown Ingram are resellers, Cooldrive are importers.

    And never overlook the potential to fit the OEM compressor head to a physically otherwise identical compressor.

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    I tried cool drive, my aircon guy tried Ashdown ingram. Both don't stock it.

    What do you mean swap the heads over robmac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    I tried cool drive, my aircon guy tried Ashdown ingram. Both don't stock it.

    What do you mean swap the heads over robmac?
    The head is rear end of the compressor, ie where the hose connections are. Often the only difference between a readily available compressor and the Oem are the hose connections or orientation of them.

    So the solution is to swap the old head to the new compressor , you may need a new head gasket or O ring.

    Case and point is Peugeot 505 is a generic Sanden/ Sanyo compressor with a straight hose entry head.

    This OEM head will fit a standard, generic, cheap, right angle entry Sanden compressor.

    It's been standard practice in the trade to swap heads for years and for those with tool sets to swap the "new cores" into the old compressor casing, but this is a bit more specialist and ideally needs a clean room to work in.

    Most compressors are only customized by the mounting lugs, clutch assembly and hose connections. The internals within the same manufacturer are often the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    The head is rear end of the compressor, ie where the hose connections are. Often the only difference between a readily available compressor and the Oem are the hose connections or orientation of them.

    So the solution is to swap the old head to the new compressor , you may need a new head gasket or O ring.

    Case and point is Peugeot 505 is a generic Sanden/ Sanyo compressor with a straight hose entry head.

    This OEM head will fit a standard, generic, cheap, right angle entry Sanden compressor.

    It's been standard practice in the trade to swap heads for years and for those with tool sets to swap the "new cores" into the old compressor casing, but this is a bit more specialist and ideally needs a clean room to work in.

    Most compressors are only customized by the mounting lugs, clutch assembly and hose connections. The internals within the same manufacturer are often the same.
    This is the compressor. It looks different to all the other ones I've seen. With the end bolt hole in the middle and the pipes out the top.



    I'm not sure if I could use any other one on this head.
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    Try French Connection. They have heaps of second hand parts.
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    You wouldn't believe it Paul. I tried them I'm even prepared to pay money for one!!!
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    Hi, try Oscaro to get more informations about the ones mounted in your car. https://www.oscaro.com/compresseur-c...47-7424-611-gt Cheers

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    Its not off an rx4 is it??

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    640 Australian dollars plus freight,you got to be joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    You wouldn't believe it Paul. I tried them I'm even prepared to pay money for one!!!
    You would be these strange cars.
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    I just paid over $1000 for one off a scenic 2.
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    I wouldn't.

    Bloody outrageous.

    At that price it becomes practical to alter brackets/ hoses and fit something common and cheap.

    Common all garden compressors are around $ 450 -$500 trade incl.

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    I was quoted $1610 for a brand new one through the dealers and was told retail was over 2 grand!! Anyway I found one second hand in the UK. I'll see it hopefully next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    I was quoted $1610 for a brand new one through the dealers and was told retail was over 2 grand!! Anyway I found one second hand in the UK. I'll see it hopefully next week.
    I'd strongly suggest you drain the oil from your existing compressor and measure the volume removed. And completely drain the "new" compressor and then refill it with the same volume of new oil as was removed from the old compressor.

    Observe the manufacturer's oil recommendations.

    And cleanliness is the go with air conditioning of any type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I just paid over $1000 for one off a scenic 2.
    Wow you could have had mine for free.

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    Wow I just got bitten by exactly what we warn people of.

    Got the compressor today to find a bent pulley. You spin It and it wobbles all over the place.

    I took it to my aircon guy who tested the rest of the pump and found it wasn't pumping. After topping it up with oil and spinning it over for a while with a small cordless rattle gun we got it to start pumping.
    Now it seems like it pumps like it should. Next I had to fix the wobble. Ended up pulling the one off the car, which on these consistent on removing the whole nose of the car. Pulling my compressor apart with a seized clutch to use the pulley. All up spent about 5 hours on getting the compressor to the condition I was assured it was in originally. There was no chance they had sold it without knowing this. The packaging was perfect with no damage so It wasn't dropped. Lesson learned don't buy off ebay unless you can see it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    Wow I just got bitten by exactly what we warn people of.

    Got the compressor today to find a bent pulley. You spin It and it wobbles all over the place.

    I took it to my aircon guy who tested the rest of the pump and found it wasn't pumping. After topping it up with oil and spinning it over for a while with a small cordless rattle gun we got it to start pumping.
    Now it seems like it pumps like it should. Next I had to fix the wobble. Ended up pulling the one off the car, which on these consistent on removing the whole nose of the car. Pulling my compressor apart with a seized clutch to use the pulley. All up spent about 5 hours on getting the compressor to the condition I was assured it was in originally. There was no chance they had sold it without knowing this. The packaging was perfect with no damage so It wasn't dropped. Lesson learned don't buy off ebay unless you can see it first.

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    Could it have been accident damaged unbeknown to the seller ?

    What is the sellers ebay feedback like ?

    Often the "crooks" are identifiable.

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    Depending on the type of packaging, it could be dropped with no obvious signs left on the package.

    I would be more worried about the shaft being bent.
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    I looked at the box and there's no damage. We were worried about the shaft too and very pleased its ok.


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    Nah definitely damaged in the crash that took the car off the road. Was packaged in a box with absolutely no sign of damage on the box.

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    I have a feeling some sellers take advantage of o/s customers to flog slightly dodgy gear. That's not the first time I've heard a story like that. I reckon they rely on you not wanting to send it back due to cost and hassle and you can't pop round and thump them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    I have a feeling some sellers take advantage of o/s customers to flog slightly dodgy gear. That's not the first time I've heard a story like that. I reckon they rely on you not wanting to send it back due to cost and hassle and you can't pop round and thump them.
    Yep I agree. Seems I was lucky to be able to salvage the one I got.
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