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Hi,

I don't use the aircon, it takes a lot of room in the engine bay... I'd like to remove it...

1- what about the gaz... do I need to go to a specialist ?

2- is there any connection/things that I need to be careful about when unbolting the bits?

3- is it something that people may be interested to buy on eBay/classified ? or will it go to the tip ?

thanks

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You "must" take it to a specialist to have the gas removed. When I removed mine I unfortunately "knocked" the pipe just before I was due to get it emptied and all the gas leaked out ;) A real shame as I am very environmentally concious, that's why I drive an old Landie! theres is nothing very technical about removing the gubbings from the engine bay. BUT, if you want to remove the stuff from under the passenger dashboard (and it makes sense to as theres a lot of dead weight up there) be prepared to remove the complete dash (I had to on the Discovery). Also if doing this you will probably need a new pipe (from non-aircon vehicle) to connect the heater blower to the side vents as the aircon unit under there has an integral channel that does the job untill you remove it!

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I need one of the pipes if you are breaking it up! It's the pipe that runs along the drivers side wing (thin high pressure pipe)

You should really go to an aircon place and they will suck out the gas from the system - just takes a few minutes. I noticed a complete system on ebay a little while ago and it didn't sell but the individual parts will sell, the air con compressor will definatley sell.

Hope that helps and let me know if you want to sell the pipework!

Cheers

Matt

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You "must" take it to a specialist to have the gas removed. When I removed mine I unfortunately "knocked" the pipe just before I was due to get it emptied and all the gas leaked out ;) A real shame as I am very environmentally concious, that's why I drive an old Landie! theres is nothing very technical about removing the gubbings from the engine bay. BUT, if you want to remove the stuff from under the passenger dashboard (and it makes sense to as theres a lot of dead weight up there) be prepared to remove the complete dash (I had to on the Discovery). Also if doing this you will probably need a new pipe (from non-aircon vehicle) to connect the heater blower to the side vents as the aircon unit under there has an integral channel that does the job untill you remove it!

Funnily enough I was similarly accident prone when I was preparing to remove the aircon from mine. I have yet to remove the underdash parts but as I also need to lose all the wiring to do with the now missing EDC system I feel that I am going to have to pull the dash out soon.

I am going to reuse the pump to make an onboard air system one of these days.

Pete.

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OK, let me empty the gaz...

and I'll removing the bits...

I guess the compressor, tensioner and pipes from the engine bay will be removed very quickly....

(for those interested... pm me an offer)

Note: the aircon works fine, the compressor is making a bit of noise in the morning those days but stops after a little while.. not sure if it is bearing or just old belt... or the tensioner.... :rolleyes:

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i have a 'friend' of mine that had his emptied/drained professionally too. click here for slight dissapointment :huh:

this 'friend' also has a air con rad, compressor, and under bonnet trickery to suit a 300 tdi for sale and any offers can be PM'ed to me.

He told me that all was working 100% after the inital start up noise which did sound like a bearing but fizzled out after a minute or two, Very Very cold.

regards dougstar :D

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Was it the professional who did that ???

just out of interest.. if aircon gaz dangerous for human/animal ? what are the effect if there is a leak in the system ?

Think it is more of a ozone friendly issue than hazards direct to human health (maybe wrong).

o and yes it was disscharged by the 'pro' he could not break nay of the couplings or valves on the system so had to sacrifice a hose in the process, but was expecting a bigger/better display than he got. :(

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OK,

got the gaz emptied and remocve the parts from the engine bay:

My setup seems to be different from other discos ??? (my disco is a bit weird... was a GS pre-series... ie an S trim with the GS add-on)

tell me what pipe do you want:

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