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Aircon Compressor failed :(

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by keendean, Mar 7, 2006.

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    Hi

    My 99' S3 aircon no longer works, I was told before I bought the car that the bearings were failing on the compresser, now the clutch no longer engages.
    To buy this part from Audi is very expensive, I've found a place that sells them slightly cheaper and I think a second hand one would be a waste of time.

    Does anyone know the part number?

    The part number I have from Audi does not seem to match up /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
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    Silly question I know, but how do you know it doesn't work?

    The compressor clutch won't engage if the outside temps are below 5 degrees, so the ice symbol won't come up, but if you have tested the mechanism by another means, disregard what I have just typed.
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    Sorry for hi-jacking, but jojo, this may explain something that was baffling me.. my randomly working air con! Someone i know with a 1.8T said they defrost their windscreen with the air con in the morning, however whenever i try the air con wont come on, the ice symbol flashes up, and goes. Is this because of the reason you stated above? i still don't understand how he manages to defrost his windows but my wont. Cheers

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    my AC Compressor is screwed...when it engages, i sends horrendous vibrations through the car...not sure if its ceased or what but its fooked either way! lol

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    my AC Compressor is screwed...when it engages, i sends horrendous vibrations through the car...not sure if its ceased or what but its fooked either way! lol

    Rich

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    Your car sounds like its heading the way of mine Rich, I finally got mine over to Fontain this morning to get the steering sorted. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif
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    Lol..i hope not!! hahaha. My steering doesnt seem to be getting much worse, but will need sorting at some point in the not to distant future!

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    Well it was making noises from the comp, but now the clutch does not even engage, problem is not getting the work done by audi you don't know what compressor it has, as the same one from other Vags cars will fit.
    Just hoping I can see a part number without having to take it off /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif


    Not too bothered about the aircon but if I don't have it fixed now I never will, black with black leather will get toasty in summer too /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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    Arrrr just read this

    The compressor clutch won't engage if the outside temps are below 5 degrees, so the ice symbol won't come up, but if you have tested the mechanism by another means, disregard what I have just typed.

    Dam it's too cold to test, I still can't see it working without making a noise though, any ideas what the part numbder may be?
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    my AC Compressor is screwed...when it engages, i sends horrendous vibrations through the car...not sure if its ceased or what but its fooked either way! lol

    Rich

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    Same here... mine makes a horible grinding noise when on... for the time being I'll just keep it off.
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    my AC Compressor is screwed...when it engages, i sends horrendous vibrations through the car...not sure if its ceased or what but its fooked either way! lol

    Rich

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    Same here... mine makes a horible grinding noise when on... for the time being I'll just keep it off.

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    I've disconnected the plug from it too...but the bloody thing still engages when i accidentally turn it on.

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    Yeah I thought about trying to find a more permanent solution rather than turning it off every time.
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    drive belt off of model without aircon LOL
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    Sorry for hi-jacking, but jojo, this may explain something that was baffling me.. my randomly working air con! Someone i know with a 1.8T said they defrost their windscreen with the air con in the morning, however whenever i try the air con wont come on, the ice symbol flashes up, and goes. Is this because of the reason you stated above? i still don't understand how he manages to defrost his windows but my wont. Cheers

    Ross

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    Yes, below 5 degrees outside, the compressor won't engage, as it will freeze it solid if it did. You will still be able to defrost the windscreen with the compressor off, the air would be cold enough outside at 5degrees or less, to have any moisture in it. Hope that helps. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    BTW you can replace the clutch mech separately to the compressor. Still fookin' expensive brand new (£200), but if you get one from a breakers it'll be cheap and you don't need to open the refrigerant circuit.
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    Thanks for the info, need to have a look when it's better weather, need a part number and go from there, not sure if its the comp or the clutch failed atm /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif


    Silly question , does this contain teh clutch too?

    http://cgi.ebay.de/airco-compressor-Audi...1QQcmdZViewItem
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    Yeah, if its got the pulley on the end it will have the clutch, which that one has.
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