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Just booked the Daihatsu in for a regas this week funnily enough, the AC works ok but in the current temps its not nearly as cold as my Ampera so figure it probably needs doing.
My Dads a right tight arse and, despite my telling otherwise, barely ever uses his AC because "it uses more petrol" Suffice to say it doesn't work anymore, almost certain all the seals have dried up and will never hold refrigerant again
I've come across a few small cars where the system doesn't seem to have a lot of capacity for heating or cooling. You may find regardless of how well you look after it a car designed for JDM temperate conditions doesn't cool as well as one designed to be mainly sold in America and have to deal with Arizona. Also it has a folding roof so perhaps cooling wasn't necessarily a priority. Quite a small frontal area for an intercooler, a heat enhanger and a radiator as well.

The AC condenser on the Mazda is about twice the size of the one on the CitroŽn...oddly enough one has to work significantly less hard to maintain a low cabin temperature than the other. Also a bit of a pain in winter as well where the little 3 pot doesn't ever quite get up to the AGA levels of heat available and takes quite a while to heat the cabin.

Worth the 50 odd quid (or whatever going rate is) to find out and get it done though.

Dad's Focus has had working AC for 3 of it's 16 years on earth...he just didn't use it, it stopped working never got it fixed.
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Had the Panda aircon regassed a couple of weeks ago, coping very well with current temperatures.

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Bottom of the road they are upgrading gas mains.
Today is bin day.
Bin lorry needs to collect bins through the light controlled area, so will delay progress, and will be still there when opposite end gets green.
Such fun watching drivers fail to cope.
I sat back, deciding not to go through my green until I knew I could go all the way through. Car behind went around me, got stuck behind the bin lorry. A little later, back he came, bullied by a truck from the other end.
I don't think he appreciated my friendly wave, as he reversed past me, and into teh trading estate, from where no-one would let him out when we moved.
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I've come across a few small cars where the system doesn't seem to have a lot of capacity for heating or cooling. You may find regardless of how well you look after it a car designed for JDM temperate conditions doesn't cool as well as one designed to be mainly sold in America and have to deal with Arizona. Also it has a folding roof so perhaps cooling wasn't necessarily a priority. Quite a small frontal area for an intercooler, a heat enhanger and a radiator as well.

The AC condenser on the Mazda is about twice the size of the one on the CitroŽn...oddly enough one has to work significantly less hard to maintain a low cabin temperature than the other. Also a bit of a pain in winter as well where the little 3 pot doesn't ever quite get up to the AGA levels of heat available and takes quite a while to heat the cabin.

Worth the 50 odd quid (or whatever going rate is) to find out and get it done though.
My Punto Twinair always had quite whimpy AC too, my guess was they spec'd a teeny compressor to make life easier on the 875 twin? It made no difference when I had it regassed, wasn't very effective at temps higher than 24c.
I'm not expecting wonders from the Daihatsu but at 18 years old and no record of it being done who knows how old the gas in there is, there is a permanent groupon deal for £39 regas at ATS euromaster's, good value IMO.
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My Punto Twinair always had quite whimpy AC too, my guess was they spec'd a teeny compressor to make life easier on the 875 twin? It made no difference when I had it regassed, wasn't very effective at temps higher than 24c.
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My twinairs Twinzone AC wasnt great in 2013 when new..

As you say its a tiny motor.. probably the same AC system as a 500
Double the volume of air in a Grande..
By the way ..we used the £39 deal on our panda TA
COLD yes..effective..no
Its the push button manual system and it makes LOADS of dashboard noises for very little flow

We got stuck last week when the M4 was shut.. 28'c and 2 hours to do a 40 minute journey.. the puntos factory fill did at least keep us cool
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My Punto Twinair always had quite whimpy AC too, my guess was they spec'd a teeny compressor to make life easier on the 875 twin? It made no difference when I had it regassed, wasn't very effective at temps higher than 24c.
It's not that bad since I discovered the "fast" setting on the climate control which uses the fan at a whatever setting it needs to reach target temps more quickly.

On normal it struggled a bit over 26c or so as it tried to keep cabin noise down. On fast it managed to get it down to a nice temp and hold it in 32 degrees the other day but the amount of noise it generated was reasonably significant.

Probably doesn't help that the A/C rad shares pretty much the same space as the intercooler and radiator and for aero they are not large, the turbo and exhaust are directly behind. So on a hot day when you're giving it a bit of boot I'd imagine you'd get a bit of heat soak.

Only reason I was thinking of it in the context of the Copen was it'll be similarly tightly packaged, if not a bit worse given they seem to use a lot of half width radiators in kei cars and I don't necessarily think it would flow a huge amount in terms of CFM at full fan speed.

Hopefully be chilly enough though and at least you'll know it's been done recently.
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Punto just passed itís MOT today, nothing major pitted discs because of low use, a slightly twisted brake pipe which they said doesnít need fixing and a 10 year old exhaust which is finally beginning to rust.

These may become the problems of the next owner, as planning to sell it long before it needs any more MOTs with me
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Just realized my Insurance policy is maturing today, I have been putting money on it for the last 20 years. I can't believe how fast time flies.
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Only reason I was thinking of it in the context of the Copen was it'll be similarly tightly packaged, if not a bit worse given they seem to use a lot of half width radiators in kei cars and I don't necessarily think it would flow a huge amount in terms of CFM at full fan speed.

Hopefully be chilly enough though and at least you'll know it's been done recently.
Yes has a little half width radiator, the intercooler sits next to it so those aren't sharing the same 'space' as it were rather both are unimpeded from fresh air coming in the grille. The AC condenser is behind the radiator so not ideal but common with many cars and I guess that stops it getting damaged by stones etc. I quite often use it to cool the oil before I turn the car off, whack the AC on just before I park which triggers the engine fan and brings the oil temp down by 3-4C, help keep the turbo in good shape is my thinking
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Married 42 years today to Rosemary my first wife!

She tells me I am a very happily married man.

However I still think myself a very lucky man. That time seems to have gone in a flash.
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Married 42 years today to Rosemary my first wife!

She tells me I am a very happily married man.

However I still think myself a very lucky man. That time seems to have gone in a flash.
Well done that man...me and the wife celebrated our 5th this month and as you say where does the time go??

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Yes has a little half width radiator, the intercooler sits next to it so those aren't sharing the same 'space' as it were rather both are unimpeded from fresh air coming in the grille. The AC condenser is behind the radiator so not ideal but common with many cars and I guess that stops it getting damaged by stones etc. I quite often use it to cool the oil before I turn the car off, whack the AC on just before I park which triggers the engine fan and brings the oil temp down by 3-4C, help keep the turbo in good shape is my thinking
Think most cars have the combined condenser/radiator, although both Mazda and CitroŽn have condenser on the front radiator behind. Which would be preferable I think as a holed condenser is less of an issue than a holed radiator.

CitroŽn set up is probably just arse to be fair, it's an engine built for 308, 3008, etc so bigger cars. As a result the although both intercooler and radiator condenser are exposed to fresh air, there isn't enough space to get your hand down the back of the radiator between the exhaust/turbo to the point the fan is offset.

Totally different craic in the bigger car where the full smiley mouth is aircon condenser and radiator..and the exhaust exits fire wall side so much more airspace and fewer heat sources..and twin fans one of which comes on and off with the ac compressor.

Yes I spend far too much time looking at this stuff...
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Married 42 years today to Rosemary my first wife!

She tells me I am a very happily married man.

However I still think myself a very lucky man. That time seems to have gone in a flash.
Life's very good when a marriage works out well. I stared dating Mrs J while she was still in school and I was at tutorial college. Now in our 51st year of marriage and still together! As you say the time seems to have gone in a flash.
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Life's very good when a marriage works out well. I stared dating Mrs J while she was still in school and I was at tutorial college. Now in our 51st year of marriage and still together! As you say the time seems to have gone in a flash.
44 years married on the sixteenth of this month, as said where the hell does the time go? Looking back weíve had some moments, some we could talk about, others not
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Today's smile? well actually Monday's smile. My youngest boy and his family have gone down to Devon for their summer holidays so I decided to go out and pick up the Jazz, bring it back here and go through it from front to back as It's been about a year since I last properly got my hands on it and it's got a strange, very loud, rattle from around the O/S/F hub. Sounds like the disc splash guard?

I knew I wasn't going to get out there and back and be able to do a big service, sort the rattle and probably other stuff as well, all in the one day. I rather reluctantly, decided that as Becky (our Panda) is worth a lot less dosh than our much newer Ibiza, it would be sensible to leave Becky out there overnight and then come home in her when I drop the Jazz back at their house. Feels a bit like abandoning a good friend though!

So I stuck my spare petrol can in the boot (the Jazz often seems to be running on fumes), my watering can and my emergency tools too - actually that's about the boot full - and set out. To avoid the heaviest traffic I cut up to Pickardy Place using back roads all with speed bumps. Then up Leith street and left down by the Black Bull and around the back of Waverley station and up onto the Royal Mile then down St Marys Street which is a cobbled street and in very very poor repair. I'd forgotten just how bad it is and as I progressed down it it occurred to me that the earlier speed bumps and now these horrendous cobbles are actually going to be a good test for that corroded back axle.

Then on out of the city onto the main A7 south and eventually to my boy's house. This is the first run I've done with her on a fast main road since I fitted her new thermostat and I'm very pleased to be able to say that she ran beautifully with no sign of the part throttle hesitation she previously suffered.

She cruised along at speed varying between 40 and 60 mph very happily and I really enjoyed driving her with the driver's window half down and the wind in my hair!

When I got to my boy's house I took a very good look under the back at the spring pans and they seem to have survived just fine. My plan to use the Fertan on it is looking realistic I think.

Checked the house, watered the plants, moved the Jazz so I could park Becky in front of his front path and told a couple of the neighbours I was swapping the Panda for the Jazz for a couple of days. I felt strangely like a traitor as I saw Becky in my rear view mirror as I drove away in the Jazz though.

It's now Wednesday night and I've just finished with the Jazz - nothing's simple on older cars is it? - although it won't be going back home until Saturday morning because I've run into a problem which Kenny and his "merry men" are going to sort out for me on Friday.

Think I'll take a run out to water the planets again and check up on Becky tomorrow.
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Free electricity during the day
Now with a very long extension lead, you can charge the car while at work.
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