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My air conditioner in my 2005 VW beetle convertible is blowing hot air. I took it to a repair shop and they stated no freon leak, but that a "little" door that either blocks of the AC when the heater is on or blocks of the heater when the AC is on is stuck and blocking the AC allowing hot air only to come out. they want to charge me 900 dollars to fix this. this doesn't even sound plausible to me. am I getting scammed? Any suggestions?

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  • christinal9 Jul 21, 2010

    My AC on my VW bug is blowing hot air. The repair shop says a 'little door" operates within the heating and cooling system which blocks off the heater when the AC is on and vice aversa. they report that the little door is jammed and stuck on "heat". Now this seems unlikely to me, since I have not turned on the heat in several months (south texas summers start in march by the way!). He states he will have to remove the dash to get to it and doesn't even know what part might need to be replace. Now how could he tell this if he hasn't removed the dash? He says it will take 9.5 hours at $100 an hour so about $950 before parts. is this plausible? the other answer I got on here was take it to another dealer and let them look at it without buying anything to see what they think is the problem. The issue I have is this guy charged me $85.00 just to look at it and nothing is fixed, I don't want to pay anymore for a 'possible solution" and should I take it to a VW dealer? I have seen other posts that all they did was top off the fluid (freon I assume) and it is just fine. I need to know if anyone else had this issue and it was actually that little door thing,because it seems far fetched and so far no one else even hinted at that being the problem with the AC.

  • christinal9 Jul 22, 2010

    please advise

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To access the the blend door will require a lot of disassembly to acess the blend door and replace it. It probably would not hurt to get a second opinion on the price for the part and labor.
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The only "little door" I can think of is in the ducts and is usually operated by a vacuum or cable when you change the desired temperature. If this door did get jammed on the "heat" side, it could cause your problem. But, your problem could be caused by a variety of other things.

As with any repair bill that runs past a few hundred dollars, get a 2nd opinion from another shop. Also ask for the estimate to be broken down, you want to know how much exactly for parts and how much labor is. For any parts replaced, ask for the old parts to be returned to you...they are legally yours. Call up the dealership and a local auto part store and price the parts to be replaced.

The bill seems to be on the high side to me, but I have no idea how much they are claiming in parts and what their hourly labor rate is. If no parts are being replaced, they are stating basically that it will take them 15-18 hours to fix/unjam the "little door"...about 10 hours over what it should take them in my book.

A thing to remember is that they markup the price on parts from what they bought them for. A lot of repair shops have an account with a local auto part store and pay the about same price as you or I would if we bought them...sometimes they pay more and sometimes they buy from the dealership (way overpriced). Shops will refuse to warranty the work if you bring in your own parts most of the time.

The 2nd opinion could end up proving you are being taken advantage of. Do not let them know you have taken the care elsewhere prior, it can lead to too many questions that will allow them to come up with a similar price (but slightly lower) of your previous estimate.

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Yes. Go to the website repairpal.com

This site tells you what others in your area are charging for a particular car repair. J.

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  • christinal9 Jul 22, 2010

    ok so they can give me idea what this costs?

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