your ac compressor has failed. need to replace it
So I just realized this year (owned car for two years) that the A/C AND the ECON button are always on at the same time and I can NEVER turn off ECON mode. Any solution as to why this is, or ISN'T happening. I'd appreciate any help before I have my mechanic take a look at it and hopefully I don't get charged an arm and leg and leg hair for it.
You didn't say what year your car is but I'll guess that it's an '06. Audi used a bad batch of A/C compressors then and they fail. When that happens the ECON light comes on and you can't turn it off.
The repair is not cheap--you have to have the compressor replaced along with the dryer and have the system flushed to remove any metal that might be in it.
btw, when mine failed, there was an audible sound of gas escaping from the lines -- sort of like a balloon dying
would it be worth having the dealer diagnose the problem?
Then have your own mechanic fix it.
I hope you find a solution
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I had my compressor fail on my 06 and if you include the $250 diagnosis fee then the total repair job was close to $3000 CAD. They basically did a wholesale swap of the entire system. I was pretty pissed but not much I could do. I was surprised that this was a known issue yet nothing covered under warranty/recall (I was 6mths out of coverage under standard warranty).
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Budda...earlier this year, I had a similar issue happen to my 08. Since my car is a CPO, they fixed it without question. The good news is, it's not as catastrophic as you think. Let me dig into the pile of repair receipts for the A3 and I'll let you know what my issue was. I'm certain, it's not $1700 repair.
I was quoted $1287 to replace my compressor from Audi here in Canada. Maybe check some other local Audi dealers and see if the price changes. If you need I can post a picture of the quote, so you can take it down to dealer and try to bargain with them. I'm planning on waiting till spring to fix mine, maybe the price will decrease (doubtful, but one can dream!)