June 03, 2005

Black Or Blue And Red?

Just throwing this snippet of information into the google mix as it doesn't seem to be there at the minute...

If you want to recharge the air-conditioning on your Lancia Delta Integrale Evo, you need to know which kind of coolant (or gas) it's filled with.

In the engine bay, there are two pipes running down the passenger side of the engine to the air-con unit - one with lagging, and one without. Each pipe has a small plastic cap sticking out of it. If both caps are black, then it's filled with R12 (nasty old-fashioned coolant which is bad for you and the environment or something) and if one is blue and the other red it's filled with R134 (the newer, safer, friendlier coolant).

Of course, mine is filled with the old nasty stuff, so it's going to be harder to get to a point where I'm impervious to the outside temperature again...

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Noo! So does that mean that components need to be replaced in order to allow the system to be refilled with R134?

I remember reading a while back that the price of R12 was comparitively very high compared to R134 - I guess it must be a demand thing? So maybe it'll be cheaper in the long run?

You need air-con! If only to remain cool-headed while 'making progress' along your favourite roads this summer. :)

Posted by: Andrew at June 4, 2005 05:09 PM

Haven't sorted out what I'm doing about it yet, as I need to get the MOT sorted first (a pair of new tyres ordered for the back, and new rear dampers required unfortunately...).

I'll have to see how much it'd cost to get updated, but there's also a place in Sawston (village just outside Cambridge) called Constant Cooling who can recharge the old systems with R134A (if I remember correctly), so I'll have to investigate further before deciding what to do. I'm pretty sure it'll get done one way or another, given how much driving I'll be doing this summer.

Posted by: Adrian at June 6, 2005 04:35 PM

Well, the R12 is now gone. From my car at least, it's safely stored in a bottle at Constant Cooling. In its place is some RS-24, and I can now chill while cruising round :-)

Posted by: Adrian at June 22, 2005 10:17 AM

Excellent stuff, and (near) perfect timing for the warm weather. How is it? Hopefully a big improvement!

Posted by: Andrew at June 23, 2005 04:36 PM

Much better. Was struggling to get the temp much below 19 deg. C when sat still in hot sun, but that was basically 'cos things are so hot under the bonnet with the lack of space for air to circulate :-)

Once I was out driving it was getting down to a very nice 12 deg. C or so.

Posted by: Adrian at June 23, 2005 04:41 PM
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