Pricey air­con hose

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

When you run an As­ton Martin, you have to ex­pect that parts for the odd re­pair are go­ing to be a bit pricey. This 1997 DB7 was in the work­shop to have its air-con­di­tioner re­gassed. One might ques­tion the need for air-con­di­tion­ing in a con­vert­ible, but it must be re­mem­bered that us­ing the air­con to demist the wind­screen does dry the air and thus ful­fils a more ef­fi­cient func­tion.

This DB7 is not used a great deal and the last time the air-con­di­tion­ing was recharged was three years ago. At that point, it needed a re­place­ment con­denser, so this time the owner was hop­ing no fur­ther prob­lems would oc­cur.

When at­tempt­ing to re­gas the sys­tem, we dis­cov­ered that the valve was faulty and wouldn’t hold the pres­sure. The valve is built into the short pres­sure hose between the con­denser and com­pres­sor, so a new hose was needed. There was no prob­lem ob­tain­ing this from our lo­cal As­ton Martin dealer, but it did come with a £517 price tag! Plus VAT, of course!

The valve is built into the short hose and has a big price tag.

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