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Old 31-05-2004   #1
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Aircon - broken pipe

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Has anyone experienced a problem with their aircon? My light * comes on when I press the button but the air doesn't get cold, not even when I press the resurc button as well. I've checked the fuse f19 next to the battery and it's fine. Any ideas or experiences of the same would be welcomed!

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Fiat can't fit aircon that actually works! Check the pipe mine bust 3 times on my Punto.

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I have a 1.6 Dynamic with climate control. I had the exact fault you describe. I returned it to my dealer who repaired it under the third year dealer's warranty.

A pipe had burst. The pipe is one that went from the compressor which is belt driven and on the left hand side of the engine compartment as you look into it with the bonnet up and goes across the front of the engine before bending towards the engine bulkhead. At the bulkhead there is a valve with a black plastic cover with the letter L on it. I presume for low pressure. There is a valve adjacent to it with a black plastic cap with H on it.

I do not know if it is related but one day I got into the car and there was a very unpleasant smell, there was a similar smell when I collected the car after repairs and I assume the smell came from the refrigerant. Could be wrong though.

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Hi,

The Air Con is one of many faults I have had. I had what the dealer called a 'Burst Pipe'. I had a strange smell appear one day followed by the Air Con packing up. The dealer fixed the problem under the third year dealer warranty.

Maybe the same fault.

Hope you get it sorted.

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Thanks for the advice. My dealer diaganosed the fault as a "fractured metal hose / pipe". The part (46841699) is on back order from Italy and not in stock in any other dealer, so strangely I find myself hoping for cold weather in June! This appears to be a common fault as the dealer sort of diagnosed it over the phone and confirmed it within 10 minutes. I'll contact Fiat tomorrow and post an update!

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Another person in the club, mines going in on wednesday to fix (hopefully if the parts arrived)
Dont think the Aircon ever worked in the car since we got it un august. Only found out for sure when we took the car over to holland where it had been 25c and belting directsun light, making the car extremly hot.

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The saga continues. The part will not be delivered from Italy until 9 June. Fiat Customer Relations said there are none in the country but I would qualify for a hire car and not to tak no for an answer from my dealer. The dealer said as the car is not off the road I don't qualify. Fiat CR then backtracked. I hate poor service & right now I hate them. It's been said before, if Fiat want to improve the reputation they should visit this forum. Now wonder they're ranked 31 out of 34 dealers, with Alfa @ 34. What hope have we got?

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Scorg, do what i do now, if Anold Clark phone your home and leave a message don't phone them back, let them leave at least 2 more messages before you lower yourself enough to speak to them! :I

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They managed to call the day, but answered first time, found out the part wasnt in yet (blame the termoil in italy!) so the car aint going in tomorrow. Better to find that out today rather then tomorrow morning anyway

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hope some one can help me as i have a puddle of water when i stop the car after i have had the aircon on, is this a problem or normal


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Thats the condensation sitting on the compresser from what I understand. Thats normal from what ive been told

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Bugger mine's just gone too!

I don't use it much as I like the windows open and I'm a tight bugger on the fuel but it was well warm today so I switched it on - nothing. Exact same problem as described here. I will have to contact my dealer.

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hibs72 thats completley normal, all aircon cars I've had if you stop the car after using aircon will have a puddle appear underneath.

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thanks for the help guys as i was getting a bit worried
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The part arrived today so is being fitted and regassed in the morning, Finaly some Air con, was needing it yesterday as the car was unbelivably stuffy

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