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Hello Peugeot people.

My car is Peugeot 308 2014 model.

A few days ago I notice that the air conditioner does not blow cold air. It does, but only when it's cold outside. That means, it just turns the air from the outside to the inside.

I went to the dealer and he said it might be that I just need to recharge the air conditioner. He offered to recharge it for $60. Is that a reasonable price? However, we are not sure if that is the real problem.

What could be the real problem?

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What country?

If $60 is high then try an air conditioning specialist. It's no use recharging the system if there's a leak somewhere and you really need to get it pressure tested.
 

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My local dealership is charging me £199 for a gas recharge next week. I also have a 2014 308 but mine has the "NEW" gas system. Tried another garage which quoted £99 but then they discovered the "dealership only" gas fittings. I would double check that offer of $60 before proceeding.
 

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Its R1234 YF gas in the 308 T9.

It's a lot more environmentally friendly :rolleyes: then the previous R134 gas.

There are various reasons why this new gas is so expensive but we wont go in to them here.

As for the " dealership only " fittings, there is no such thing, there just standard R 1234 YF fittings as found on every car that uses this type gas.

The fittings are different to R134 gassed cars to stop people mixing the refrigerant gases up.
 

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What country?

If $60 is high then try an air conditioning specialist. It's no use recharging the system if there's a leak somewhere and you really need to get it pressure tested.
I hope there is no leak anywhere. But, if the freon is gone I am afraid that there might be a leak. Hope there not. I am in Bulgaria and that is why they offer it for much cheaper. So, I will assume this is a very good price to fix it.

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Don't waste your money just recharging. AC system is closed system, if the gas is missing, then there is a leak. Radiator is known problem with this car, so check it out.
 

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Don't waste your money just recharging. AC system is closed system, if the gas is missing, then there is a leak. Radiator is known problem with this car, so check it out.
Thanks for your advice. I would consult with them to see if there is leaking somewhere. Will mention the radiator specifically. There should be leaking somewhere, because there are 15 year old cars with no lack of freon in the A/C.
 

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My local dealership is charging me £199 for a gas recharge next week. I also have a 2014 308 but mine has the "NEW" gas system. Tried another garage which quoted £99 but then they discovered the "dealership only" gas fittings. I would double check that offer of $60 before proceeding.
Actually, it turned out that I also have the "NEW" gas system and they said that it will cost around $300 because of the new freon. Have you tried to fill it yourself? And if yes, what type of freon did you buy and from where? I will probably go to the dealership, but I am just curious of your case.
 

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Few people used old gas in my country, apparently it should be fine. Maybe you should check if anyone does it in your country. Also, I would not go to the dealer, that's the most expensive option.
 

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As Mara- says, radiator is a known point of failure.
I had the same on my 2011 308. Called an AirCon specialist who came out to the house. Before he even opened the bonnet (hood) he said it would likely need a new radiator as leaves and other debris gets trapped on the fins behind the fan which corrodes the core. Sure enough, there was a patch of debris and when he pressure checked it there was bubbling on the radiator where the debris had collected. A new radiator, vacuum check, regas and all was as it should be
 

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I had the same trouble a few years ago on a 206SW, new AC radiator (AKA condenser) was required. BTW good to see you back on here storeman, I always enjoy reading your posts. All the best.
 

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BTW good to see you back on here storeman, I always enjoy reading your posts. All the best.

I got tired of a couple of people always reporting my posts as being offensive regardless of how polite I was when making the post. They seemed to take a dislike to any opinion that didn't align with their own view of things and seemed to have a personal vendetta against me.

I guess I must be the bad guy even though I have traveled many miles to personally help forum members get their problems resolved at no cost to them on more than one occasion. Strange how those that kept reporting me can not say they have done the same thing.

No doubt if they are still active they will report this post even though no names have been mentioned even though I am simply voicing a fact.

I expect this post will be deleted.
 

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I got tired of a couple of people always reporting my posts as being offensive regardless of how polite I was when making the post. They seemed to take a dislike to any opinion that didn't align with their own view of things and seemed to have a personal vendetta against me.

I guess I must be the bad guy even though I have traveled many miles to personally help forum members get their problems resolved at no cost to them on more than one occasion. Strange how those that kept reporting me can not say they have done the same thing.

No doubt if they are still active they will report this post even though no names have been mentioned even though I am simply voicing a fact.

I expect this post will be deleted.
Anyone who can change a clutch at the side of the road as you did earns a healthy respect from me! I also liked your dashcam posts and videos :thumb:
 

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Yeah - that was fun doing the clutch. Luckily the weather was good. Don't think I'll be doing that ever again. Luckily got a low mileage 2008 on a 65 plate now and if things pan out might be in a position to buy a 2017 3008 in a couple of years time.

Will be going for a diesel though as I want to be able to tow a small trailer tent (If I can find the one I want). The 2008 towing weight info suggests it will be able to tow the trailer tent I'm after but with having the 3 cylinder, 1.2L 83bhp engine it can struggle on hills on it's own. Laden with all my camping gear hills become a bit of a problem. On steep hills I've had to drop down to 3rd gear and still struggled to get to 40mph. Had artics pass me on one hill :)
 

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How about a 2008 with the Puretech 130 engine?

Not long till current 2008 goes out of production & Peugeot normally throw all the kit at a model during this time, could make a nice future buy.
 

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It turned out that the capacitor is broken and that is why there is leak of gas. I see that there are capacitors of $70 and $300. Can you recommend a capacitor? What are the risks if I load the old gas, Freon? How much is it normal to pay for changing the capacitor and charging with old (R1234) / new (1234YF) freon?
 

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You cannot put R134 refrigerant in a system designed for R1234YF refrigerant.

Either fix the system correctly or just leave it alone.
 

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The different gasses work at different pressures in order to achieve the cooling effect. The expansion nozzles will also be different sizes. You can't just swap one gas for another.

There are a couple of gasses which are very similar in their cooling and working pressure but the different fittings are there to stop you mucking around with things!
 
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