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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:26 PM
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a/c receiver drier

This seems like the best D90 site around. This is my first post so here goes... I have a 1994 D90 NAS. I have a/c with a bad receiver drier. I am looking for a new receiver drier. Problem is that I can't find the correct part. Rovers North doesn't carry it. None of the other LR dealers, car parts stores, or Defender specialty shops that I've tried carry this part. I guess there were three or four different receiver driers made in 94. My system runs on R134a. The unit has a Diavia switch part# 043118280440. The switch looks fine but the drier needs replacing. My guess is that there must be some other receiver drier that can be used.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. It's hot in Los Angeles!

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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:47 PM
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:05 AM
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Andrew,

My mechanic more or less rebuilt much of my A/C. At the time, it leaked oil from the interior hoses. Most of those parts are near impossible to find. Every blue moon a google search will turn up something listed here and there at some AC specialist, but not in stock.

With the Diavia units, I think the key thing to remember is that these, in themselves, were kits made for post-production vehicles. Many of their parts may seem unique to the '94 Defender, when viewed (and sought after) through that angle. But when a good mechanic looks at each piece, many can be subbed out with near identical parts labeled differently. I can't remember all that was done, but I believe the drier was almost identical to a Mazda unit. The compressor is a Sanden unit. The expansion block came from somewhere else, as mine was cracked. Diavia put these kits together using many parts made by suppliers common to other makes.

I tried this route, rather than getting frustrated and ripping the whole unit out (and spending $3k on parts alone). Good luck.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Robert,
Thank you for your help. I called LR dealers and none of the 7 dealers I called had D90 A/C parts. One dealer said they could get 3 of the 4 hoses for $1100 and a weeks wait. I had new hoses made with the original fittings at a fraction of the cost for new hoses. BTW, I have no idea how long the $1100 hoses have been on a shelf. Thank you for the heads up about the Mazda receiver/drier. Which year and model Mazda are you talking about?
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