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Old 04-27-2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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If I can't get my air conditioning (a/c) working, then I'll have to start driving my 17mpg truck..and I really don't want to do that. Besides, I really like driving the VX. So here's the situation. The only way the mechanic could get the a/c working (after replacing a fitting and charging the system) in my 1994VX was to extend a wire from something behind the glovebox (top-center) to a ground on the body. He believes the problem is in the a/c control box or wiring behind the dash and he wants to pull the dash out to troubleshoot (or he said I could just ground that wire that he tapped into). They say it will take 6 to 8 hours just to remove the dash. very expensive. The previous owner put in an aftermarket radio. The machanic thought an a/c wire may have gotten cut or pulled loose during the radio install. Any thoughts on what i could do to troubleshoot or fix it myself. I'm not too tech-savy, but i do have a few tools and a '92 shop manual. thanks.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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If it were mine and I had a choice of grounding the wire or paying $450-$800 to have the dash removed then the cost of other trouble shooting and repair on a 15 year old car I'd be hunting for a good grounding point.
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Why doesn't teh mechanic just take out the Climate controls to troubleshoot it?? oh, that's right, he just sounds like he wants to take all your money.

Just pull out the stereo and then undo the two screws and unhook the temperature control cable so you can pull out the climate control yourself and repair said broken wire.

#20 & #21 are near where the screws are that you remove to slide the unit out once you have the stereo removed.
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I'd cut my losses, avoid wasting any time, and just install a switch to ground the wire when I want to use A/C.
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thanks for the tips. I'll try grounding the wire. It may take me some time, but by-god, I'm gonna have a working a/c..and radio. hahaha.
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