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Is this all the time or mostly on kick-down?
if there is always thick black smoke it suggests a build up of burnt coke in the system. Unlikely to be air intake related as it is from spent/burnt fuel. A good service of the plugs and filters should resolve this
To change the condensor undo the lines and mounts and remove.Replacing is opposite proceedure. Replace the air dryer/ receiver at the same time. There should be no need to change the compressor oil as it moves trhrough the system with the gas and there is no sump as such.
air con needs regassing when vehicle about 4 yrs old as a rule ,if garage says no leaks then ask them to explain how it works as if you have clima then you may be turning to econ and this means economy so the Ac isnt on
are you sure that your car has the correct amount of freon?if it doesn't,this will make the compressor not turn on.if you do have enough,check all of your fuses and make sure you are getting power to the compresser while switched on.i hope this info helps you.take care and good luck, manny
It's most likely to be the resistor, it's a common problem. You should be able to get one at your local motor factors or breakers yard and they are generally easy to fit. Not sure of its position on a golf - check a haynes manual or ask your local garage.