960 Air-Con... Tell me its not dead again

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by Rob Guenther, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest


    I probably posted this last year (and maybe the year before... because every
    April we're greeted with a non-functional A/C in our 960)

    Apparantly our A/C isn't working (I haven't looked into it too much yet, was
    busy working on my Golf today) - last year a pipe was replaced, we were told
    it's not leaking anywhere anymore, and we should be good to go... The year
    before they threw in leak stop and we were good for a year... Leak was too
    bad last year.

    Now it was only 17C today, and we asked the car for 21C (its a black
    interior... it was probably 30C in there)

    Now the fan just came on really strong on Auto, and with even more vigor
    when the AC switch was pushed (and the recycled air kicked on) but the ice
    cold air never came on.... Is the car just not allowing the A/C to come on
    because the outside air is cool enough, or is the system out of coolant
    again (I haven't checked to see if the A/C clutch was kicking on and off,
    but I couldn't hear it cycling with the hood closed).
    Rob Guenther, Apr 11, 2005
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  2. Rob Guenther

    Mike F Guest

    It's dead again, probably the refrigerant has leaked out. Functioning
    A/C will come back on above 5°C, cooler if the interior is heated up on
    a sunny day.

    To check, turn on the A/C, and if the clutch is not turning (and I'll
    bet it isn't), remove the electrical connector from the switch on the
    receiver-drier and short the wires together (don't damage the
    terminals). If the clutch engages, then the only other possibility is
    the switch is defective (very unlikely).

    This is the problem with A/C on older cars - you have a bunch of
    components, all at the end of their design life, failing one after

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Apr 11, 2005
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  3. Rob Guenther

    Rob Guenther Guest

    Damn... Wonder what the damage would be to do the whole system with new
    parts (we like A/C in the car... not willing to part with it easily).
    Rob Guenther, Apr 11, 2005
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