Kwikfit Aircon recharge £29

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  1. StevenN

    StevenN Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Just booked a kwikfit aircon recharge as at the moment it's only £29
    Mine has pressure in the pipes but ain't cold so let's see what they can do

    Steve
     
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  2. millo777

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    Grateful if you could report back on the service kwik fit give you.

    I had my w124 done at an indy for 45 gbp which included a vacuum test and complete refill with dye added. Would be interesting to hear what kwik fit do for the 29 gbp. Hopefully more than just recharge to the prescribed weight of refrigerant?

    Their site states "from 29" so I'd assume cars that take more r134a would cost more, as would additional services such as a vacuum/pressure test and adding dye?
     
  3. jonc78

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    My aircon recharge was free from kwikfit. Came back to collect the car after half an hour and the manager apologised saying they hadn't managed to make the aircon any cooler but they would try it again. Another half hour later I return and the manager says the same thing that the aircon still isn't any cooler and therefore there is no charge. As I drive away I notice they have turned the aircon off (EC light on) and were measuring the temp from the vents with the aircon switched off. As soon as I switched it on the air came out ice cold. Not sure I'd trust my car to them for anything else if they get that right.
     
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    To be fair to KF, there's not really a lot of human input to mess up. It's an automated machine that uses electronic data for the amount if refrigerant and oil, two pipes are connected to valves (a bit like tyre valves) and then it's an automated vac/recharge process.

    For £29, you can't really go wrong.
     
  5. davidjpowell

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    Did the Volvo with no problems. Sadly it leaked out gradually over the next few weeks. Clearly got a slow leak, but not sure how to identify it, as it passes the pressure test at standing.
     
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    Did you get some dye in during the refill? You'll find the leak easier perhaps.
     
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    Yes, but can't really see any coming out. Might have another try with this offer...
     
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    DRBC43AMG Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I believe you need an UV light to identify and see the leak :)
     
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    Should have thought of that. Ebay here I come...

    Thanks:thumb:
     
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    That's when you find out it's the in-dash bit which is leaking. UV dye all over your carpets!
     
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    i had mine refilled in the C36 a few years ago, its really all in the machine tbh an minimal for the kwik fit guys to do, one of the few things that i would visit kwik fit for.
     
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    Just got to be careful how they route the pipes over your paintwork and which panel they lean on whilst having a break :)
     
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    I wouldn't take any of my vehicles anywhere near kwikfit, full stop.
     
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    It should be simple but from my experience even simple things Kwik Fit mess up. Make sure on the print out they give you from the machine they choose the right model and year of car and that the refridgerant and oil volumes are as stated on the sticker in the engine bay.
     
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    Booked mine in for tomorrow, going with open mind, and eyes ;)
     
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    Had mine done at Fareham Branch a few days ago. It took just under an hour, the bloke came in and kept me informed on progress i.e told me it had passed the leak test and was moving on to charge then passing that bit. After parting with the £29 I had a bit of a shock when I turned on the engine, to be blasted full blower with ice cold air !
    No complaints from me

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    You also get your money back with Kwick Fit if there is an undetected leak. To be honest, their system is useless at detecting a tiny leak.

    You most definately need dye and UV detection to trace tiny leaks that run the gas out over several days.
     
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    I always ask the customer if the vehicle has been leaking or if they have to keep re gassing. I then tell them it's 15quid for a nitrogen pressure test in order to identify the leak. If I know it's leaked refrigerant I will not carry out a re gas! It's against the law to re gas when you know there is a leak! And it's false economy for the customer. We charge as above for a pressure test, 59 for a vac and gas with fresh oil and dye. And if you want de sanitised pumped through the vents it's another 15 quid on top. Not expensive just a realistic price for a proper job. Get sick of these silly prices. It's ridiculous money! You might as well go to halfords and buy a DIY top up tube!!!!!!
    Btw. It's not always possible to identify the compressor seal leaking on a pressure test. You often need the compressor running for this
     
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    " It's ridiculous money! You might as well go to halfords and buy a DIY top up tube!!!!!!"

    Halfords diy air-con is £49. Do you work for kwikfit?
     
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    Do you knowingly have a leak?
     

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