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AC compressor

Postby Lil-j » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:09 pm

AC compressor clutch is making noise, can I replace just the clutch or do I have to replace the entire compressor?
Either way, can anyone recommend good yet cheap parts?
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Re: AC compressor

Postby ApproachMedium » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:11 am

Should be able to replace the clutch, but be prepared they are not an easy task to replace. You need an impact gun.
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Re: AC compressor

Postby HenryJ » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:35 am

You will also need a puller.

It has been my experience that once the clutch goes, the front seals are not far behind. When they go the system leaks down and you end up changing the compressor.

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Re: AC compressor

Postby Lil-j » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:49 am

Ok, so better off just replacing the compressor then. Any recommendations?
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Re: AC compressor

Postby HenryJ » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:13 am

Neither is going to be an easy fix. The clutch is a cheap fix. If you can do it and it does not leak.
Changing the compressor is not so cheap.
You will need the compressor, orifice tube, filter/dryer, refrigerant, oil. Last I checked that could be about $500 in parts. To do it right you need the system evacuated. Then flush the system good to remove any contaminants. Once all the new parts are installed you pull a vacuum on the system and check for leaks before charging. At the very least you will need a AC gauge manifold and vacuum pump. To do a good job you really need weather above seventy five degrees Fahrenheit.

I am not going to be a good one to recommend one brand or another. I have used many with good results. Both new and re-manufactured.

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Re: AC compressor

Postby ApproachMedium » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:36 pm

Bottom line is bring it to someone who knows what they are doing with AC. Its not easy stuff i dont care what anyone says. If you do not know what you are doing you will just end up costing yourself more money in repairs later. Having an experienced AC tech do the work you know you will be set. At this point, i would just use it till it dies. My AC clutch was spitting out brown dust from grinding away from when I got my truck with 190k till 260K when we put the V8 engine in. It never stopped working and it never gave me any trouble during that period of time so. You may have quite a while to go still before it quits.
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