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Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by kiffies, Jun 12, 2019 at 3:39 PM.

  1. kiffies

    kiffies New Member

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    Hi All

    I've got a 2009 VE Sportwagon with an aircon issue.

    The Fan/blower is working, heater is working however the aircon will not kick in.

    Aircon light doesn't light up and the air doesn't get cold.

    It's not a belt or fuse problem, and I can switch between vents without issues.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. losh1971

    losh1971 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like no gas or really low on gas. If really low on gas it won't switch on.
     
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    kiffies New Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    So sounds like she needs a regas and/or the seals checked? Is there anything I can check myself or do I have to take the old girl in?
     
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    Is the compressor engaging?

    We used a mobile service, maybe that’s an option?
     
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    Hi, sorry I'm not sure what you mean by that- does it make a noise?
     
  6. losh1971

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    You will have to take it in. They will soon tell you if it is low on gas. If it is really low on gas the clutch won't engage, hence why it does not switch on. The clutch is a big switch that turns off and on but requires pressure to cycle.
     
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    Yeah. The compressor is under the bonnet. Look for the air box. It’s below that bolted to the engine.

    When you switch the ac to on. A coil engages a clutch on it, and rather than spin freely, the compressor engages and compresses the gas etc.

    It’s a simple fix.


    If the gas is low, why?
    Dyes are put into the gas and any leaks are detected with an ultra violet light.
     
  8. losh1971

    losh1971 Well-Known Member

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    The clutch coils can and do fail which will have the same affect. I don't know that is real common on the VE, like it on some Holden imports. But the A/C tech will soon tell you.
     
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    Oh yes they are ,(2 in 6 months) ,little metal half balls dislodged in the clutch housing (specially in high mileage cars).
     
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    Ahh there you go, I knew the Astra's have issues with clutch coils. Then the OP could have a faulty clutch or need a regas. Either way it's off to the mech by the sounds of it.
     
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    Hi All

    I had a guy come out tonight, $100 for a regas plus $50 for a leaky valve.

    All up $150 which is annoying but not bad considering he came out after hours.

    Aircon is now blasting out at 4 degrees.

    Thanks everyone for the input.
     
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    lmoengnr Well-Known Member

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    Very common problem with Astra's. Holden wont keep clutch units as spares, they say its beyond the scope of dealer servicing personnel.
    You can get clutch units from Europe.
     
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    Sounds like a really good price to me.
     
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    Yes I thought that too. I pay $130 just for a regas.
     

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