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Hello i am new to the forum hope someone can advise  just have to ask this question  i have a leak in the a/c condenser and am told there too difficult to repair so replacement it is, The problem is Lexus/ Toyota here in Ireland want 1150 euro to supply and fit has anyone had this work done on their car and how much did it cost .don't want to get ripped off 

 

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Why do you think you would be 'ripped off'?

To be 'ripped off' one would need to be told one thing and then it turns out to be something different. Lexus/Toyota have quoted their price for doing the repair, I'm sure they would honour that price.

Perhaps you could find someone to do the works more cheaply if you approached an independent a/c specialist?

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2 hours ago, Daveee said:

The problem is Lexus/ Toyota here in Ireland want 1150 euro to supply and fit has anyone had this work done on their car and how much did it cost .don't want to get ripped off 

It depends on your definition of being "ripped off."

Lexus dealers here in the UK charge around £135 +VAT per hour for labour, whereas decent independent garages around here where I live are considered to be expensive if they charge £60 per hour. Given that, I wouldn't say that dealerships are 'ripping us off' but I certainly consider them to be extortionate and would never use them unless the job was something that only they could do.

In your case I would be looking for a vehicle air conditioning specialist to get a price from them.

One very important thing (although a proper aircon specialist should already know this) is to make sure they recharge the system with the correct lubricant, ie, ND11 oil instead of PAG oil. This is because the compressor is driven by an electric motor instead of a belt from the engine and part of the motor windings sit in the oil for cooling purposes. Normal PAG oil is electrically conductive and will damage the windings, whereas the ND11 oil has a high dielectric and will not damage the windings.

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10 hours ago, Herbie said:

It depends on your definition of being "ripped off."

Lexus dealers here in the UK charge around £135 +VAT per hour for labour, whereas decent independent garages around here where I live are considered to be expensive if they charge £60 per hour. Given that, I wouldn't say that dealerships are 'ripping us off' but I certainly consider them to be extortionate and would never use them unless the job was something that only they could do.

In your case I would be looking for a vehicle air conditioning specialist to get a price from them.

One very important thing (although a proper aircon specialist should already know this) is to make sure they recharge the system with the correct lubricant, ie, ND11 oil instead of PAG oil. This is because the compressor is driven by an electric motor instead of a belt from the engine and part of the motor windings sit in the oil for cooling purposes. Normal PAG oil is electrically conductive and will damage the windings, whereas the ND11 oil has a high dielectric and will not damage the windings.

Herbie, I continue to be impressed by your willingness to impart your fund of knowledge. If we had the ability to travel back in time, I would take you to Cape Canaveral in time to ensure that Apollo 13 did not experience its problem and did indeed make its planned successful Moon Landing !

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