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There is a problem with my car's air conditioning system and I wondered if anyone here might be able to help me diagnose it?

 

When I turn the air con on, it's normally fine for about 5 to 10 minutes but then it starts blowing out a weird chemical-type smell. I can't really describe it as it's not like anything I've smelt before!

 

So I turn the air con off and leave it for a minute and then again after about 5 to 10 minutes it starts smelling again.

 

The car's less than two years old but the garage say they can't find a fault (I don't think they believe there is a problem so I don't think they've even looked). Last year when I reported the problem to them, they changed the filter and disinfected the system but it didn't fix the problem.

 

Anyone any idea what it might be? Thanks

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I cant help you with a diagnosis but I would run it round for 10 minutes then take it to the garage for them to smell it.

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I cant help you with a diagnosis but I would run it round for 10 minutes then take it to the garage for them to smell it.

 

Yes, it's a difficult one to demonstrate. I've had other people in the car who have smelt it which is a sanity check for me and means I'm not imagining it!

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Get it checked for any leaks in the system. Pay for an independent air con specialist, don't trust your dealer - their "expertise" usually runs as far as plugging in the diagnostic equipment, and if no fault appears they say its ok.

 

Double check the pollen filter, not just for muck but to make sure there's no water getting onto it.

 

Finally, try an air con cleaner: http://www.eurocarparts.com/air-con-cleaner

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Get it checked for any leaks in the system. Pay for an independent air con specialist, don't trust your dealer - their "expertise" usually runs as far as plugging in the diagnostic equipment, and if no fault appears they say its ok.

 

Double check the pollen filter, not just for muck but to make sure there's no water getting onto it.

 

Finally, try an air con cleaner: http://www.eurocarparts.com/air-con-cleaner

 

Thanks for that - do you know what air con gas smells like?

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hi, i had a company astra van with air con and that made a smell so i had it checked from vauxhall's and they regassed it and added a aircon inhibitor and was ok after that but i do suggest you get it checked for your piece of mind thats all hope you get it sorted

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hi, i had a company astra van with air con and that made a smell so i had it checked from vauxhall's and they regassed it and added a aircon inhibitor and was ok after that but i do suggest you get it checked for your piece of mind thats all hope you get it sorted

 

Thanks, yes I'm going get it checked out but it's just a case of finding somewhere nearby that specialises in car air con.

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