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I am getting one of these aircon refills from Halfords either £20 or £40 including gauge. does anyone know where i need to stick the hose to refill? I had a manual on CD but have lost it somewhere, so anyhelp would be appreciated.

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I was considering one of the Halfords DIY aircon refills.

Is it really as simple as unscrewing the small stopper marked 'L' and filling it up with new gas ?
 

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Hi,
I have one of those air con kits from Halfords, it is as simple as connecting the hose to the cannister of refil, unscrew the L (low pressure value cap) push on the refil valve, run the air con with the car running and press the cap to release the mixture. 5 minutes and its done, it also tells you if you have a problem with the air con system, although not what it is. The valve and hose is reuseable, and a cannister is around £20 to replace. beats £60+ from a garage, despite the original cost of the kit. That is a long way round to say they are good, In my humble opinion any way.

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I'm no ac specialist. But I do know that these kits have been available for some time in the US and have only recently arrived in the UK. US ac specialists call them "death kits". Do a few searches.

Of course that might be the "professionals" trying to protect their patch.

You pays yer money, your choice. I wouldn't do it though.

Daniel

see

http://www.autoacforum.com/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=12091
 

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Tried one on my wifes Toyota and it worked a treat, it was about £25 when the local garage wanted £70 and 6 months later everything still works. The can is still half full so good value for money as well.
 

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Only problem i can see is how you know how much goes in ??.My local aircon specialist had to depressurize the system,test for leakage then something like injecting some kind of mist oil before regassing using scales to weigh the gas bottle so it is refilled as per manufactures spec.
 

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The can came with a pressure guage on the hose outlet which indicates how full or empty the system is and as long as it points in the green part then you add the gas if not there is another fault which would need further proffesional help. So may not be the answer to all faults but if it just a simple re-gas then worth doing.
 

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Having just read through the external thread above I am inclined to think long term these kits are a bad idea, it would appear the sealant they contain may cause expensive problems
 

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I was always under the impression not only the correct gas, but also the correct weight/amount

There should be a sticker on the slam panel giving the correct info for a regas-I think

Don't think I would risk it to save £20 tbh
 

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Please do a search for other can of gas threads. Imho it will keep air con technicians in business as systems begin to fail.
 
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