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Old 09 Feb 2007, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Heater matrix??

My aircon is leaking - again - and now the heater on full is cold.

Had a quick natter with car's former mechanic, and he thinks the heater matrix might have gone.

He's having a look on Friday, but he's given me the willies with the "dash board off, x number of hours labour, etc"

Has anyone had any experience with this kind of difficult, would just like rough idea roughly how much i'm looking at price wise if that's what it is.

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Old 10 Feb 2007, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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pain in the ass, dash has to come out to sort properly...........................
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Old 10 Feb 2007, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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the heating matrix split on my classic. i had a pissy smell coming out of the blowers, you couldn't miss it! luckily the car was under warranty at the time. if a remember correctly i think subaru said it would normally cost 400/500 quid to do, but thats no surprise coming from their labour charges.
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That's super

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Old 10 Feb 2007, 11:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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sorry m8, didn't mean to give bad news. by the way, my local scooby dealers charge about £80 per hour labour!. As mentioned above, there was a really distinct sweet 'mens toilets' smell coming out of the blowers, was really distinctive.
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It's pretty noxious smell. When he gets to the windows, it kinda mists them up, but needs wiping off, not just blowing off with the fan. I'm lucky that although i'm the fourth owner, two of the others are mechanics at the garage where it gets service!!

Well, they're haing a look at it on friday, and hopefully their hourly labour rates are a little lower than Subaru's!!
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Old 10 Feb 2007, 01:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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fingers crossed! keep us informed. handy to know the outcome
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Old 10 Feb 2007, 04:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 12 Feb 2007, 08:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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OK, now MAJOR problem. It's misfiring (big time) and the rad temp guage has gone THROUGH THE ROOF. Lucky I had somewhere safe to stop... RAC are on way
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if you continue to use the car with a water leak you risk causing more major engine damage, although its a pain and costly replacing the matrix is far cheaper than your engine
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Old 13 Feb 2007, 07:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Filled it with coolant and a reservoir of water, RAC man put a clot in it (like RadWeld)so it's running right now. Got a spare bottle of coolant and jerry can of water in boot just in case!!

Friday wont come soon enough!!
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Old 13 Feb 2007, 08:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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would personally never use that sort of thing in an aluminium engine............the mess they leave inside is horendous..............

make sure the system gets a good old flush thro'!!
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Old 16 Feb 2007, 01:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Mick's gonna give it a good flush out later today
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Old 24 Feb 2007, 05:33 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Car was collected at 12.30pm on wednesday, the garage just rung me, 5.30pm on SATURDAY, telling me that a) The supplers sent the wrong matrix, and b) my speedo is having a paddy ie, buggers hitting 80mph when sat a traffic lights!!! He reckons the sensor on the gearbox is playing up...

Halifax Visa people will have a field day when they add the interest, especially its 35 an hour for labour

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Soon be sorted and back with you.... Oh and the people at Halifax will be able to eat this week
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