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Old 01-05-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Does this make sense? AC compressor ?

So I rarely use my ac bc doors off but end of summer had some warm days and I needed to arrive somewhere dressed nice and not sweating. Turned it on and not blowing cold air. Took to a local mechanic who said I was low on freon and filled it up and added dye, in case leaked again.

I go to use the other day (was 77 and sunny) and again no cold air. I take it back and he says it is leaking right where compressor connects. Says that can't be fixed and I need new compressor. Now just to be clear the compressor itself is functional. It's leaking where it connects.

Does that make sense or is he trying to rip me off?

Not stoked about the ideal of paying $500+ for new compressor/labor/freon if can be helped.

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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There should be gaskets there just like every other connection. If it's leaked out anyway take those top bolts out and look for yourself. Might be able to get them at a parts store.
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There should be gaskets there just like every other connection. If it's leaked out anyway take those top bolts out and look for yourself. Might be able to get them at a parts store.
That's what I thought. But he was trying to say the gasket is on the compressor itself so can't be replaced without changing entire compressor.
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It might be that he is saying it was leaking internally, and that it would have to be replaced because of that- or rebuilt.
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If the seal that's leaking is the one for the shaft (where the pully is), then the easiest fix is to replace the compressor. I'm not at all sure you could buy that seal to fix it without being licensed to work on automotive airconditioning. Probably, but I'm not sure.
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Well, that sucks ha. Guess a new compressor it is.
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Get a second opinion if your unsure. Or get one from the wreckers, don't just throw away your money because one mechanic says he can't fix it. He's probably BSing you. Some of us mechanics are crooked as hell and can see an opportunity to make easy cash a mile away. It's possible your condenser might be leaking. Or maybe your compressor clutch isn't engaging, it could be a bunch of different things.
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No arguement with that, second opinions are always a good idea.

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