What does an air conditioning regas do?
It’s no longer considered a luxury, so most modern cars come with air con. However, like anything else, it needs regular maintenance. If you’re not getting cold air into your vehicle, regassing is the most likely solution.
A regas is the removal of old refrigerant gas from the system and replacing and recharging it, along with the lubricant and in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, so that the air runs cold again. (By the way, vehicles made from 2017 onwards are legally obliged to use a new type of refrigerant.)
While DIY kits are available, they save you almost nothing compared with getting a specialist to do the job. What’s more, if something goes wrong, you could be left with a pricey bill, or there could be safety issues. (Refrigerant can cause painful freeze burns if it gets on your skin or in your eyes.) Equally, if there are any other problems with the air con system, a professional will be able to put them right.
How often should I need to regas my air conditioner?
Most manufacturers suggest getting the air con serviced every couple of years, although many drivers wait until there’s no cold air coming through before taking action. But it’s really not worth putting it off—as well as creating an uncomfortable travelling environment, poorly working air conditioning makes it harder to demist windows in winter, and may mean the engine has to work harder, so fuel consumption rises. Additionally, pipes in the system could crack, or parts seize up.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
A faulty air conditioner won’t affect your car’s MOT, but it can affect the comfort of you and your passengers. It’s worth keeping your air conditioning running at its optimum performance as the impact it can have on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency could significantly affect the day-to-day cost of your motoring.
Symptoms you might need an AC regas
Your air con isn’t as cold as normal
If your AC has stopped working correctly and you notice that the air conditioning in your car isn’t providing the usual levels of cold air as normal, it’s probably time for a regas.
Looking after your air conditioning
It’s true that most general car services don’t cover air conditioning, but any garage should be able to do a straightforward air con service and regas for you at an affordable price. They will probably want to do a pre-service inspection first, and any repairs needed as a result are usually billed for separately.
The inspection should include looking out for any cracks or leaks that could hinder the system’s efficient working.
Try and use the system all year round to keep it running smoothly, and consider an anti-bacterial clean if musty smells are emerging from the vents—your garage or workshop should also offer this. Additionally, change the cabin filter regularly.
Land Rover is a luxury car brand that specialises in 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Regarded as a British icon, the company came into effect in 1978, but previous versions were built as part of the Rover Company, dating back as early as 1947.
It is currently part of Jaguar Land Rover; owned by India’s Tata Motors since its acquisition in 2008.
How popular is Land Rover in the United Kingdom?
The number of Land Rovers on the roads continues to grow. This could be due to a rise in popularity or their indestructible nature and go anywhere, handle anything design and build.
There are around 940k on the UK roads today—and not just on the roads—they’re authentic working vehicles chosen by the majority as their commercial off-roader of choice.
Luxury executive vehicles built for getting dirty
The once army-style paint schemes and boxy vehicles of yesteryear have long-since been replaced by the modern Land Rover. These cars offer genuine luxury interiors, advanced media and drive control technology, and look every inch the part working on a farm, climbing through forestry or attending a charity event at Sandringham or Kensington.
Range Rover: the opulent end of the Land Rover range
The ultimate Range Rover starts with a price tag of £83k, and for that you’ll get a car with class-leading features, excellent components and incredible off-road performance. It’s a first-class travel experience with tomorrow’s technology built in. Every element has been scrupulously designed—and it shows.
Land Rover’s reliability and reputation
Land Rover shamefully ranked 30th out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. For an off-roader designed to go anywhere, you’d expect it to be indestructible, but it scored only 76.5% reliability from its drivers taking part in the survey.
Recent Land Rover recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Land Rover models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
13/04/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2018–2019)
The indicated fuel level may be inaccurate
10/03/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2015–2018)
Certain vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel engines may emit excessive levels of CO2
02/02/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2018)
The crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may fracture
01/02/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2017–2018)
The directional indicators may fail to operate due to faulty software
05/10/2018 – Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Range Rover (2017–2018)
The autonomous emergency braking feature may not activate
15/09/2018 – Land Rover Range Rover PHEV (2017–2018)
The fuel level gauge does not work properly for fuel levels below 30%
30/03/2018 – Range Rover Velar (2017)
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system may fail to de-mist the interior windows
04/03/2018 – Land Rover Discovery Sport (2016–2018)
The brazing of the fuel rail end caps may not properly seal the fuel rail ends
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.