AC conversion

Post all your engine questions and issues here and get help from the members

Moderators: kamzcab86, CalAltaDubber

Post Reply
Thicketmatt
Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:33 am
What year is your cabby?: 1993
Do you own a Cabriolet?: Yes
Location: Charlotte NC

AC conversion

Post by Thicketmatt » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:52 pm

I am having the local dealership convert my cabby to R134a. They ordered the o-ring conversion kit, but not a new drier. The guy says you don't need to replace it. I thought you did, but don't really know anything about AC. Can someone confirm? Thanks

User avatar
Briano1234
Whats that smell?
Posts: 3987
Joined: Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:45 am
What year is your cabby?: 1992
Do you own a Cabriolet?: No
Location: Duluth, Ga
Contact:

Re: AC conversion

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Well, they are dinking a bit. You really don't need to change the 0-rings... You don't need a dryer, but it is not a bad thing.
They need to drain the oil out of the compressor and replace the dryer. Then refill with pag oil, replace the 4-o-rings they take off and then
evac, and fill.

You only need a drier when you change out a compressor as they usually go hand in hand.
He is ordering about 450 0-rings as it is a universal kit usually, and they only will replace a few.
Be careful as if they aren't a good shop, they will tend to destroy your condensor removing the o-rings, and they won't change them in the evaporator or the valve as that would entail then taking your dash apart and removing your air box....

I wrote a how I converted mine how to, you can do it. Easily enough in the privacy of your back yard with a few tools and parts.....
Now you don't need a vacuum pump, but it depends on why yours is out of charge is it just low on freon?
Briano

Yes as matter of fact, I have the Luck o'the Irish...everything I touch turns to fertilizer of the bovine variety.
You can lead a user to a link, but you can't make him Click.... :screwy:

Thicketmatt
Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:33 am
What year is your cabby?: 1993
Do you own a Cabriolet?: Yes
Location: Charlotte NC

Re: AC conversion

Post by Thicketmatt » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:41 pm

It's the local VW dealership that is doing the work. I know that's no guarantee of quality work, but I don't know anyone else. Wish me luck. ;)

User avatar
Briano1234
Whats that smell?
Posts: 3987
Joined: Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:45 am
What year is your cabby?: 1992
Do you own a Cabriolet?: No
Location: Duluth, Ga
Contact:

Re: AC conversion

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:44 pm

Thicketmatt wrote:It's the local VW dealership that is doing the work. I know that's no guarantee of quality work, but I don't know anyone else. Wish me luck. ;)

They don't call them stealerships for nothing......
My neighbor was qouted 1500 to 1700 to install a new compressor and dryer. 1998 Monte Carlo
I did it for about 150, +24 for the r134a, that includes me using my vacuum pump.

It have to be one of the easiest I have ever changed. My daughters HondaCivic I had to take the whole front bumper and crap off to get to hers.
Briano

Yes as matter of fact, I have the Luck o'the Irish...everything I touch turns to fertilizer of the bovine variety.
You can lead a user to a link, but you can't make him Click.... :screwy:

Thicketmatt
Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:33 am
What year is your cabby?: 1993
Do you own a Cabriolet?: Yes
Location: Charlotte NC

Re: AC conversion

Post by Thicketmatt » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:43 pm

I know what you mean. He quoted me $300 for the conversion. Hopefully it won't be a fiasco.

Post Reply