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Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Jim_Phillips, Apr 15, 2003.

  1. Jim_Phillips

    Jim_Phillips

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    Ever since I bought my Landcruiser I've been having problems with the Aircon.

    First year I had it I needed to recharge the aircon juice. The year after that it stopped working again (it didn't really matter since we never really had a summer that year) Last year I had another top up of Aircon juice but the thing was leaking so badly it was all gone in a couple of days. A trip to Toyota led to a quote of nearly $1000 to replace the aircon radiator. In the end I tried to fix it myself with some epoxy resin. I paid for more aircon juice and the damn thing worked for only about 10 minutes.

    This year, thanks to global warming, I'm optimistic that we will be having a summer . I'm going to tackle the radiator job and replace with a new one.

    Is there any good advice out there on what I should look out for? Are there any other aircon components I should be checking?

    I've also heard that Aircon should be run through the winter to stop the seals deteriorating - since the juice acts like a lubricant?? What views on this topic?

    Cheers, Jim
     
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    Jim,
    In the sunny Southwest we have shops that specialise in A/C repair. They can put a dye in the refrigerant and detect the location of the leak. I would seek out a specialist in the UK and be certain the leak is in the condensor before I parted with $1,000.

    I know of one case where the dealer estimated a high dollar repair and it turned out to be a 25 cent O-ring that the guy fixed himself after finding the location of the leak. That was 4 years ago and the owner's A/C is still running fine.

    We have about 6 months where we don't need to run the A/C. I try to run it about 1xMonth to keep the system running and the seals lubricated. We all need to establish a routine to excercise the E-brake, engage the diff-locks, and cycle the A/C. Say every 3rd Wednesday at 5PM GMT?

    -B-
     
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    -B-

    You may be onto something there. Toyota originally traced the leak to the condensor - which I repaired. When I put it back together I reused the old 'o' rings. Maybe that's what's leaking. The condensor was fixed OK - I put it in water, blocked one end and submerged it in water whilst attaching an air hose. No problem !

    I think I'll have the leak traced once more.

    I try to engage low range etc once a month just to get the oil splashing around.. every 3rd Wednesday will be fine..

    Cheers, Jim
     
  4. cruiserdan

    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Supporting Vendor Moderator

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    Jim,
    Re-using the O rings is like taking a shower and putting your dirty clothes back on.......Start there........ :dunno:
     
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    C-Dan,

    >> ... taking a shower and putting <<
    >> your dirty clothes back on <<

    It's a good thing that Jim's a Brit. That metaphor would be lost on the frogs.

    -B-
     
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    wulf, I am sorry to tell you it is lost on many brits too. In fact, Jim might not even have a shower...
     
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    Semlin - you're right ! I don't have a shower!! We Brits prefer to soak in a bath. Much more relaxing. My bath is a work of art - nearly 7ft long, 150 years old and made of cast iron. Don't compare us to the French, that would be cruel - :mad:

    Dan - I like the analogy. I'll get the O rings replaced.

    Cheers, Jim
     
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    At the risk of sounding defensive, I thought I better add that it's considered perfectly normal in the UK to bathe rather than shower. Many consider a shower to be rather too continental, an opinion with which I concur. ;)
     
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    Jim,
    Pics? Occupied is OK as long as you're not in it. :G
    -B-
     
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    ....No, I won't be taking any picturs of my bathroom. I've already left myself wide open to your jibes without revealing more about the British bathroom. Some things are sacred ;)

    -B- What on earth is a doing on the list of your vehicle's extras?

    Cheers, Jim
     
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    ....No, I won't be taking any picturs of my bathroom. I've already left myself wide open to your jibes without revealing more about the British bathroom. Some things are sacred ;)

    -B- What on earth is a thong doing on the list of your vehicle's extras?

    Cheers, Jim
     
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    Jim,

    >> What on earth is a thong doing on the list of your vehicle's extras? <<

    As you'll recall from the SOR days, eric got us booted off SOR and the whole darn thing shut down because he tried to sell a thong with a picture of his truck on it.

    At my request, he created me a custom thong with a picture of me in a thong on the thong. Since we both went to a lot of trouble for that darn thong, I now hang it from the rear view mirror.

    -B-
    (That's the way I remember the story and I'm sticking to it.)
     
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    -B-, Oh, So thats what that is "dangling" from you mirror.

    BTW, How DO you see out the windshield anyway?

    :beer:
     
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    Now I remember - thank you so much for reawakening that rather unpleasant memory :eek:
     
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    Isn't it about time Eric appologised to the ex SORs for getting us booted off?

    I can't blame SOR for not wanting their company associated with a picture of B in a thong

    :beer: