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MK7 Climatronic upgrade with instructions and pictures.

gdrop

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Location
Maryland
Car(s)
2019 GTI SE 6M
This is more for the people who have done this retrofit with the capacitive climatronic unit from the Chinese market. Has anybody noticed issues with their A/C not working, despite the car saying it's on? My A/C button will light up, and if I go into the menu on the infotainment, it says the A/C is on. But since it has been cold, I didn't notice that the condenser wasn't actually kicking on, and the air wasn't actually being chilled until the other day. I took the unit out, put it in my buddy's Autobahn, did the compressor run in, etc... and it works fine in his car. A\C turns on and blows ice cold. Put it back in my car, and nothing. The interesting thing is, if I put his knob-based climatronic unit in my car, A\C works fine.

When I initially got the capacitive unit, I messed a bunch of stuff up with it trying to fix an issue that couldn't be fixed, but thought I had corrected everything. So I don't know if it was something I did, or just the way it is. But it's strange it'll turn on the A\C in his car, but not in mine .
I actually have this same problem with the OEM knob climatronic unit. I did the retrofit over the winter and noticed when it was cold out that my windows would fog up and the defogger didn't really do anything (because the A/C wasn't running).

I tested in my driveway putting max A/C on, and looked in the engine bay and confirmed the compressor wasn't running. In OBDeleven, in the climate module, it said (I don't remember the exact wording) the A/C compressor status was function limited due to low temperature. Apparently there is some outdoor temperature limit where the climate unit will not kick on the compressor. I have not found out a solution to this problem yet, and in the meantime have swapped back to the manual control unit as the fog on my windows was a hazard driving in the colder winter months.
 

George Ab

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Pacific NW
I actually have this same problem with the OEM knob climatronic unit. I did the retrofit over the winter and noticed when it was cold out that my windows would fog up and the defogger didn't really do anything (because the A/C wasn't running).

I tested in my driveway putting max A/C on, and looked in the engine bay and confirmed the compressor wasn't running. In OBDeleven, in the climate module, it said (I don't remember the exact wording) the A/C compressor status was function limited due to low temperature. Apparently there is some outdoor temperature limit where the climate unit will not kick on the compressor. I have not found out a solution to this problem yet, and in the meantime have swapped back to the manual control unit as the fog on my windows was a hazard driving in the colder winter months.

This does not pertain to capacitive climatronic, but OEM knob climatronic unit. "I was unable to perform AC 'Run-in' (sync) by hitting the AC and "Max Demist" buttons simultaneously. However, Rollback50K's post https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/inde...ions-and-pictures.379148/page-10#post-7546622 that has instruction of pressing AC button and rear window defrost (lower button on left knob) did work. After performing, AC then lit up and AC started working."
 

lordnikon228

Go Kart Newbie
Location
CA
Car(s)
Golf GTI
I have the climatronic unit however it does not have an air quality sensor (No Air Care). Has anyone done the retrofit of the sensor?
 

vagamr

New member
Location
Lyon, France
Car(s)
Golf MK7.5
Hi everyone i just upgraded my AC Manual to AC climatronic but i have a bunch of error (10) on module 08. You can see on the file attach. Any solution to this ? need to be coded with odis ?
 
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IWMTom

Autocross Newbie
Hi everyone i just upgraded my AC Manual to AC climatronic but i have a bunch of error (10) on module 08. You can see on the file attach. Any solution to this ? need to be coded with odis ?
They're never going to go away. This is a hack. You're missing a bunch of sensors and actuators.
 

FrankieThissen

New member
Location
New Jersey
Car(s)
2020 VW GTI S 6spd
I actually have this same problem with the OEM knob climatronic unit. I did the retrofit over the winter and noticed when it was cold out that my windows would fog up and the defogger didn't really do anything (because the A/C wasn't running).

I tested in my driveway putting max A/C on, and looked in the engine bay and confirmed the compressor wasn't running. In OBDeleven, in the climate module, it said (I don't remember the exact wording) the A/C compressor status was function limited due to low temperature. Apparently there is some outdoor temperature limit where the climate unit will not kick on the compressor. I have not found out a solution to this problem yet, and in the meantime have swapped back to the manual control unit as the fog on my windows was a hazard driving in the colder winter months.
Not sure if you figured this out.

But for me my A/C wasn't kicking on at all. I ran thru OBDEleven and found something like "Magnetic Clutch" in the Air Conditioning tab, set it to installed and After that my A/C started switching on and off.
 
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