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    Lightbulb recommended car air-cond service center?

    anyone here know of a reputable car air-cond service center around Subang or the vicinity? looking for honest and decent service...

    my car has been making water trickling noises under the dashboard/front bonnet on and off lately...

    thanks.

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    i ahve posted on thsi before. A number of forumers recommended me to workshops in ss19, ss14 and usj 9.

    I was nearly ripped off by all of them!. The one in ss19, said..its ok. U need a gas refill...blah blah...cost Rm90.00, then a week later, the aircon went hotairing.

    The one in ss14 main road said " oh, yr system spoilt aledy. Must open upahve a look' ~ No sirree...no aircon mechanic is going to operate my aircon system to 'have a look' and then make a recommendation. He said a high chance of kaput compressor.
    I asked 'how much'...he said "original taiwan rm700+, original original rm900. Original local rm500" I said what brand? he said "original'!

    The one in usj9 said "compressor kaput..rm900, can do today"

    I went back to Jln TAR to my old Aircon guy, Ah Meng (opposite Sony, behind Honda showroom & famous nasi kandar)..Ah Meng used his diagnostic tool, checked for leaks under the bonnet, inside the console, then he looked at the compressor and he said " how old compressor?'..then he said "ok, compressor kaput"...I asked how much and what brand...He said "Denso, rm450 inclusive of gas"

    I said " Ah Meng, Jalan!"

    I think many SJaya car aircon shops are cut-throats or fraud! I will endure the traffic jam to get to Ah Meng (authorised Denso dealer to boot!) and also enjoy the famous nasi kandar as a reward...the Rm12.00 lamb leg is a such a delicious treat, and its way way delicious than the likes found in pseudo-bistro and uppity restaurants.

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    tupai - there's this aircon fella at Twan Motor.. USJ 20.

    had some a/c problems with my Waja once [before I junked it] went there - and he diagnosed it as cooling coil leaking... whereas I thought it was the "dryer"... but to be sure, he proceeds to fit a small UV dye bottle to one of the valves, takes out a UV defector (gun) and presto! finds the leak... the joint screws where the cooling coil is connected to the engine compt was leaking... he tightens it and tops up the R134 gas... and done!! total = RM125 inclusive of UV dye and labor...

    now he could have just changed the cooling coil and made more... but from his action and gestures, I guess he's got principles about getting the proper thing done....

    my 2 sens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by USJ27Resident
    tupai - there's this aircon fella at Twan Motor.. USJ 20.

    had some a/c problems with my Waja once [before I junked it] went there - and he diagnosed it as cooling coil leaking... whereas I thought it was the "dryer"... but to be sure, he proceeds to fit a small UV dye bottle to one of the valves, takes out a UV defector (gun) and presto! finds the leak... the joint screws where the cooling coil is connected to the engine compt was leaking... he tightens it and tops up the R134 gas... and done!! total = RM125 inclusive of UV dye and labor...

    now he could have just changed the cooling coil and made more... but from his action and gestures, I guess he's got principles about getting the proper thing done....

    my 2 sens!
    hokay. I stand corrected....there are honest car aircon guys in sj afterall.

    Many operators do not have the diagnostic tools or are too lazy to use them...they merely wanna top up expensive gas or to ask u to change this & that...assuming that we are all Blur Sotongs lah!

    Yang Blur sotong latotupai
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    If it is DENSO brand, take it to their centre at Glenmarie. (opposite nearby BMW showroom). My car air-cond, which has never been serviced for more than a decade - the mechanics just service it and it is now functioning as good as new. Not much damage to the pockets as no change of parts required.
    Some people are just average, others are just mean.

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    one of the best car aircond guys i know is Naidu...he is behind the shell in jalan gasing...protons to BMWs are his forte

    regards

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    Gone are the days when there were better auto, air con mechanics in those days. Its really a horrible prospect for many to find experienced, well trained or good craftsman in this country. I've seen too many Rambo's around who're very capable of wrecking your expensive car. I guess its better resorting by word of mouth nowadays for recommendations.
    I used to do things myself extensively, to a limitet extent now, since age is catching up and lack of garage facilities. I recently serviced my own little car air con some months back. Total chemical clean and wash down. You should see the muck there, jaw dropping. I recommend car air con should be serviced every 2 years or so, or perhaps 3-4 times in decade (average lifespan of a car).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bslee
    You should see the muck there, jaw dropping. I recommend car air con should be serviced every 2 years or so, or perhaps 3-4 times in decade (average lifespan of a car).
    I just wonder why is it that it is not compulsory to have cabin filter in all cars . Wouldn't that muck be trapped by the filter element...? Furthermore it would be necessary service only when leakage is found in the system not at fixed yearly or two as what is being prescribe now.
    Doing these frequently would add a bigger hole in the sky as most of them just discharge them into the air instead of recycling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCY
    I just wonder why is it that it is not compulsory to have cabin filter in all cars . Wouldn't that muck be trapped by the filter element...? Furthermore it would be necessary service only when leakage is found in the system not at fixed yearly or two as what is being prescribe now.
    Doing these frequently would add a bigger hole in the sky as most of them just discharge them into the air instead of recycling...
    I know my car don't have filter, neither were the older/previous cars I've owned. I'm guessing new and current cars could have a filter. Even with a filter, the cooling coil still have to be washed down in due course. New cars now use Ozone free CFC's such as R134a refrigerant. In the past it was R22.
    Domestic air con still widely use R12. Malaysia is still rogue place and other countries don't give a damn what the rakyat use..even if its internally with nitroglycerine. Its like why not all cars here are fitted with air bags?.. Malaysian life is cheaper ah?

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    Looks like I'm not the only person having a hard time looking for a good A/C mechanic. Most places I've been to always makes the simple problem sound so serious and complicated. Even simple things like top up gas and adding compressor lubricant they'll charge RM100+ although the gas & lubricant you can find in pasar road aircon wholesale shop selling for less than RM15!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weitatt
    Looks like I'm not the only person having a hard time looking for a good A/C mechanic. Most places I've been to always makes the simple problem sound so serious and complicated. Even simple things like top up gas and adding compressor lubricant they'll charge RM100+ although the gas & lubricant you can find in pasar road aircon wholesale shop selling for less than RM15!
    There is an air-con shop in SS14, 2nd shop, near the Caltex station but facing the single storey houses. The front is for accessories but it belongs to them. I sent my Camry and Sentra there and each time they did a proper job. No hanky panky. However, the only one who really knows his stuff is the old man and he supervises the young punks.

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    Thanks for the tip!

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