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Lotus Elan AC compressor replacement
Does my LotusElan AC compressor need replacing?
When the temperature gets steamy outside, the air conditioning system keeps your Lotus Elan’s interior comfortable by circulating the refrigerant throughout the AC system.
The AC compressor pressurises the system and circulates the refrigerant in your Lotus Elan’s AC system. In turn, the rest of your AC system enables that refrigerant to cool the air that enters your Lotus Elan, but it all starts with the compressor.
If one of the seals or internal parts in the AC compressor develops a flaw, the compressor won’t function as it should or not at all, and will need to be replaced.
In many situations, the AC compressor lasts the life of the Lotus Elan without requiring replacement, although failure is more likely after 150,000km.
Because it’s a cornerstone component of your air conditioning, your AC won’t function if the compressor is broken.
Some signs your AC compressor is failing
- Clunking noise when the AC clutch engages instead of a light click
- Warm air blowing through dash vents with AC system turned on
- A broken serpentine belt from seized AC compressor clutch
- External leak detected by technician’s diagnosis
- Windows fog up in humid weather
You may think it’s designed only to keep you cool. While it does so, the AC compressor also draws moisture out on the defog settings, maintaining clear windows so you can see.
Typically, a failed AC compressor won’t cause safety-related concerns but instead an annoyance for the driver and discomfort for other occupants.
Refrigerant should always be recovered safely by a certified technician as releasing it into the environment is known to be harmful
A leak elsewhere in the AC system can seem like a failed compressor. Proper diagnosis by approved technicians can eliminate needless repairs
If the air conditioning isn’t working on your Lotus Elan, it could very well be due to AC compressor failure. If that’s the case, trust AutoGuru to get it sorted for you?