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Monday, 1 July 2013

Car Comfort

I was in Bristol during the early part of June.  You may remember the couple of days when it was remarkably warm.  During my journey I noticed that the car was becoming rather hot.   This is the interior of the car rather than the engine and cooling system. I checked the climate controls and it soon became clear that the cooling part of the system was not working, the vents were blowing warm air.  I had to revert to the old fashioned system and open the window.

This was not the time for air-conditioning failure. 

When I arrived at my hotel I looked for local vehicle air-conditioning companies; my thought was that it could be fixed while I was at my Client's.

Several phone calls later I realised that every a/c engineer was fully booked. However one could fit me in an a couple of weeks' time !!.   The engineer did talk me though the dangers of working on my Honda Hybrid's climate control system.  Apparently there are two things that must be taken into consideration:

  1. The hybrid uses a dual scroll system which is a high voltage three phase compressor; the voltages present can be lethal.
  2. The coolant used in the system must be filled with a special high dielectric oil; using the wrong oil will wreck the whole system.
I waited until I returned home and spoke to my local garage, who are Toyota specialists, they were aware of these drawbacks, as Toyota hybrids use a similar system, and were able to sort out my climate control system.

All I now need is some warm weather to put it to a real test.

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