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Old 05-12-2021, 03:55 PM
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These links to the photos are all dead (404 not found error). I'd be eternally grateful if you reposted please as I am about to take this on as I have narrowed things down to this as a possible culprit and it's worth the $20 gamble. Thanks!
Unless you have the equipment to recover the refrigerant in the system you will need to take it to a shop for them to recover any refrigerant prior to you installing that $20.00 valve. Also unless you have the equipment to evacuate the system prior to re-installing any refrigerant you will need to take it to a shop to evacuate the system and test for leaks. After doing this is no longer a $20.00 gamble, but closer to a $100 to $200.00 gamble. Nothing is ever cheap on a BMW.
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Unless you have the equipment to recover the refrigerant in the system you will need to take it to a shop for them to recover any refrigerant prior to you installing that $20.00 valve. Also unless you have the equipment to evacuate the system prior to re-installing any refrigerant you will need to take it to a shop to evacuate the system and test for leaks. After doing this is no longer a $20.00 gamble, but closer to a $100 to $200.00 gamble. Nothing is ever cheap on a BMW.
I posted on another thread and after a lot of (unsuccessful) troubleshooting on AC issues I took my vehicle to a local independent mechanic this week. He quoted me $1200 to fix the AC (new compressor) BUT after showing him a printout of the thread, was willing to try replacing the control valve for me and he has the eqpt to take care of the refrigerant as it is definitely full. The pics would be an extra boost for me to hand off.
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Old 05-13-2021, 08:33 AM
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I posted on another thread and after a lot of (unsuccessful) troubleshooting on AC issues I took my vehicle to a local independent mechanic this week. He quoted me $1200 to fix the AC (new compressor) BUT after showing him a printout of the thread, was willing to try replacing the control valve for me and he has the eqpt to take care of the refrigerant as it is definitely full. The pics would be an extra boost for me to hand off.
It May not be a $1200 cost to fix the AC, but it still not a $20.00 fix.
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I want to post my results on getting my AC fixed in hopes it will help someone else!

I had my AC to the mechanic after all unsuccessful attempts to resolve on my own and he wanted to replace $1200 in parts. I asked if he'd be willing to replace the $15 Control Valve (see earlier on in this post from X5StayinAlive at https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...-cold-air.html). He agreed and I ordered the valve. He had a bit of a hard time getting the old out but evacuated the system, installed the new control valve and I am happy to report my AC has been working GREAT for the past week. It ended up running me a little over $150 in labor and materials plus the Santech control valve. It was worth a $150 gamble to me to try the valve before investing $1000+ in parts/labor. I could have done this myself if I had the equipment and knowledge on AC but didn't want to mess things up.

Huge thank you to X5StayinAlive for posting the fix!!!!
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