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Hi all. Just bought a 130 auto diesel on an '05 reg. Aircon not working and ac specialist has told us there is plenty of gas in it but the coupling has gone and quoted us £275 to fix it !! Anybody had the same problem before I think about shelling that lot out. Cheers.
 

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No, but mine doesn't work either. I put it down to the incompetent garage that rebuilt my engine not bothering to refill the aircon system up (although I haven't checked as it hasn't been hot enough I:)
 

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Just done my coupling, it is a rubber gates coupling £17 + vat from local factors or £45 + vat from dealers, took my mate about an hour to change, its the same coupling as the alternator one which should be done at 100000 miles
 

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Is the gates coupling used on an 06 102PS engine?
I know vaguely what it looks like but the belt goes straight on to the pulley on my compressor.
 

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Don't think you can see it from above, you have to remove the engine tray, the air-con pump is below the alternator on the front of the engine.
 

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If I remove the tray will it be obvious what I am looking at? I like to think I am reasonably handy with these kind of jobs.

What is the procedure to change the elastic coupling?
 

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The air-con pump is the first thing at the bottom of the engine between the radiator and the engine block, the pump has pipes going to it, look to where the drive goes into the pump and you will see a rubber coupling about 50mm wide thats the gates coupling you will easily see if its broken, normally split in half, I did'nt do the job myself but I think you can undo the mounting bolts and slide the pump back, a bit fiddley.
 
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