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Hi everyone,

So my 500e needs some work. My a/c compressor is leaking and my a/c won't get cold. I live in Florida so this is a problem. This thread has been extremely helpful with technical information, but what I can't find is a mechanic or shop willing to do the work. If the compressor needs to be replaced, a dealer won't be able to install a used compressor. I'm not paying $5400 for a new one.

Does anyone have any tips on finding a shop willing and able to work on our cars? I emailed a few sites I found on the Bosch website but they're not "Bosch" branded stores (is that a thing? is that a thing in europe or something?). Out of 6-8 shops I've contacted, not a single one has even responded to me.

I live in Orlando, FL if that helps. Kind of between Orlando and Lakeland but I'm willing to travel. Electrified Garage is up in Ocala but that's way out of my fiat's range.

Anyways, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!
 

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Outside California, and Oregon. Not sure where you can find service, on a 500e. You might want to try a AC specialty shop your area. Since it’s a AC related issue. We have our cars serviced at Christian Brothers Automotive. They’re pretty much nationwide. There are several locations in your Florida location. Give them a try.

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The system is relatively normal with the exception of the compressor, which is driven by an internal motor. But, as it is replaced as a unit, that really doesn't matter. The issue is the high voltage driving it. You may want to look for a shop that works on electric and hybrid cars.
Disconnecting the high voltage is no big deal but, may be intimidating to those unfamiliar with electric cars.
 

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On a related thread I suggested going to a good local A/C shop with the right front seat folded forward & the HV drive battery "plug" cover off, so you can show them "Here's the compressor*. There's no belt to disconnect, just these power cables, but first, here's the main battery disconnect**, & here's the standard 12V battery to also disconnect".

Let THEM decide whether or not to take your money to fix it, after they see for themselves how it's not much different from systems they're accustomed to dealing with.

* by the front left wheel
** under the rear seat bottom
 

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This is likely too far away from Kailani, but the discovery process might work:

After I suggested Bosch Car Service on the other forum, dean500e wrote: "I have made a few calls. I found a repair shop named Aventura Auto Specialist in Aventura, FL in northern Miami-Dade County. They are super nice and are a Bosch specialist. They said they could service the 12V battery, brakes, tires, etc. but probably could not service the large battery and any other systems unique to the electric car. But basically they said if I need service for something, just let them know what it is and maybe they could fix it. The other place I called was a repair shop in Miami called Affordable Auto Repair. I spoke to Neil there who is a super nice guy. I called them since I saw in a Google search that they work on hybrid and electric cars. Neil said he has never seen a Fiat 500e but seemed very receptive to doing his best to work on it if it needs service."
 
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