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Airco removal?

Discussion in 'General Banter' started by Stormy_be, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Stormy_be

    Stormy_be Zorg Guru (I)
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    How can I remove the airco? I want to keep the ventilation if possible.

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    Regards, Koen

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  2. Stormy_be

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    Nobody knows how to remove the airco?
    I know the system is gas-charged and releasing it needs to be done with care as the releasing the gas can provoke extreme freeze.
    But on idea on how to release it in a "controlled" manner.
     
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    To be honest stormy on removing items from a z3 you look like a world leading authority on it
     
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    You really need an aircon specialist to remove the refrigerant as it can be quite toxic and needs to be evacuated safely. Was the aircon working before you started stripping the car down as it could possibly be already discharged anyway due to a leak.
     
  5. Stormy_be

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    Removing parts has indeed become "a hobby" :)
    Now busy with the wiring. That's why I need the airco out as a lot of wires go behind it.

    For example from all the wiring coming from the back of the car, 2/3 came out.
    I am accumulating them in a bucket, so will weigh it in the end to see how much weight in general came of the car.

    For example, all the central locking came of, the wiring to the exhaust-valve, electrical soft top, boot-lights, numberplate lights, lot's for the radio (CD-player), everything for the electrical seats, etc, etc
    Undone until the general wiring loom by the feet.

    I have been thinking of what I should do with the battery...the cable running from the back to the front is enormous.
    Thinking of putting the battery near the passengers foot well.

    The airco is something a little different.
    I know that the weight of the complete system is huge.
    Secondly, the airco pump can actually take up to 5 bhp from the engine.
    I know that in my old cars (low bhp) driving to Spain, on hill climbs, when needing to accelerate (passing a truck or something), switching the airco off, really made a difference.
    As the power of cars have increased, you don't feel it as much, but I would think that the loss of power is still there.

    Thirdly, the radiator for the airco is blocking some fresh/cold air to the normal radiator. Although I don't have overheating problems (not even on track), better to be safe then sorry.

    Regards, Koen
     

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