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Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby gordo37 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:40 pm

Hi All, Long time no posting.

Noticed over the past few weeks that sometime when I turned on my car there was sometimes a squealing noise from under the bonnet and the idle RPM's would drop to about 400rpm then after a few seconds the squealing would stop then the revs would come up... When this happened the air con would not be cold until I turned off the AC via the button and then turned it back on again..

However this afternoon the squealing noise happened and then stopped and then for a few seconds after I could hear a whistling air type noise... Since then my air con will not get cold..

My car is due for it's 117000km service in 600km so will the issue looked at but just wondering if anyone has come across this issue???

FYI... Car is a 2010 Lancer VRX with 116400km

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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby burfadel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Possibly the compressor is stuffed? It sounds like it was seizing, which is why the engine revs dropped significantly (drag), and it finally gave way and you lost the gas.

When did you last get the AC serviced? Also, when you got it done was it refilled with the correct gas? There are several 'new' gases that are used, and they don't do the AC any good due to poor lubrication etc. Also, some of them are flammable :shock:
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby gordo37 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 pm

burfadel wrote:Possibly the compressor is stuffed? It sounds like it was seizing, which is why the engine revs dropped significantly (drag), and it finally gave way and you lost the gas.

When did you last get the AC serviced? Also, when you got it done was it refilled with the correct gas? There are several 'new' gases that are used, and they don't do the AC any good due to poor lubrication etc. Also, some of them are flammable :shock:


hey burfadel,
Thanks for the prompt response
Never had it serviced during the life of the car as it has always worked fine.

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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby lancerdarryl » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:30 pm

As Burfadel said the compressor sounds like it has seized.Have a aircon specialist check it out.
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby ReeceCozaa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:09 pm

Are you servicing through mitsubishi? If so they should pick up on it and tell you about it as soon as they detect it, I’d notify them of it before servicing anyways
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby gordo37 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:12 pm

Thanks guys, yes I get it serviced through Mitsubishi... Tho the dealership i got it serviced at last time left a bit to be desired with how well they knew there job, they told me I needed new brake-pads when they had been replaced the service before... when I had a mate double check them for me they were still good as new... So kinda not surprised they didn't pick up the issues with my air-con

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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby burfadel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:41 pm

Repco places that do AC do a great job, and properly. If the compressor is seized, genuine is super expensive, and many places won't like fitting a second hand one. The compressor in the Lancer is pretty reliable though, so a decent second hand one should be okay. There's possibly multiple incompatible variations though, so make sure you get the right replacement part.
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby gordo37 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:59 pm

burfadel wrote:Repco places that do AC do a great job, and properly. If the compressor is seized, genuine is super expensive, and many places won't like fitting a second hand one. The compressor in the Lancer is pretty reliable though, so a decent second hand one should be okay. There's possibly multiple incompatible variations though, so make sure you get the right replacement part.


Yes haven taken it to Bartons Wynnum here in Brisbane as it needs a service, they want $600 for the 135k service and another $150 to work out the issue with the aircon before they fix it.

Guess my car is getting to that age where stuff starts to go wrong and costs money... Touch Wood... Never had any other issues with my car

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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby lancerdarryl » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:33 pm

$150 to diagnose a very obvious fault !. It should take about 30 seconds to see what's gone wrong. Take it somewhere else.
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby burfadel » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:34 pm

Quick look, $600 is way too much for the 135k service. Also the $150 is excessive, especially to diagnose what you already know. Just think of what they'll charge for the repair!
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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby gordo37 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:27 am

Yes they want $2500 plus labour to fix the broken compressor.
I kinda told the service lady that she has to be f***ken joking if she thought I was going to pay that much.

BTW the service ended up been $520 complete with the diagnosis of my air-conditioning.

I will be taking it elsewhere with the aircon no way in hell are they going to charge me that much

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Re: Air Conditioning Stopped Working after weird noises

Postby burfadel » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:30 pm

Realistically probably should have been around $350. In any case, compressors are expensive new, second hand may be an option but risky, and again there's likely more than one system used. Have you checked the compressor model number?

Be careful that they do it properly with lubricant and the proper correct gas (NOT alternative cases).
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