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Old 06-10-2003, 01:01 PM
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Need help fixing a/c

Ok, so my a/c stopped working sometime ago. I just ignored it because I learned to live without it. Now I'm ready to have it fixed. I was at a shop one time and they told me the compressor was bad, so I figure that I'll have to replace that, that seems easy enough right? I guess though since I'm replacing the compressor I should go ahead and convert over to R-134, do you guys suggest this? What all would I need to do to accomplish this, are there other parts that need to be replaced? What other parts are there to the a/c. I know of the compressor and I guess the VIR? Thanks guys.

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Old 06-10-2003, 03:18 PM
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when you go to the parts store, they will let you know what you'll need to replace in order to keep your warranty.....
most places won't warranty an a/c comp. if you DON"T buy the other crap...... r-12 is gonna cost you an arm and a leg, go r 134, its easy, if a shnook like me can do it, anyone can.....

when you get ready to charge up your a/c, take it to a shop, have them evacuate your system for atleast an hour, before they charge it up. ( to remove moisture, condensation etc. from your lines.) oh yeah, buy your r134 at the parts place or helmart and take it to the shop with you....... saves $$$$

when I replaced mine, i didn't change any thing but the compressor,(i'm a cheap bastard) so i have no warranty, but it's still causing hard nipples in the tx heat.......
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I use a cheap R12 replacement called OZ-12 so didn't change over to R34. It is a direct replacement and works just as well. Probably would void the warranty though.
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so I evacuate the system, replace the compressor, then just recharge it with the 134 and the new oil and stuff or do I need to replace hoses and other stuff.
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use your own judgement there..... if they look like crap, they probably are, How long has the a/c been nonfunctional???? the longer it has been unused, the better the chances there might be a problem somewhere else in the system(rust or corrosion). it's easy enough to swap out, but for me at least, plopping down the $$$$ for ALL the lines, dryers, etc at once was not gonna happen...... but the compressor clutch had just gone out, and actually i could have replaced the clutch assembly for a shiitload less money, but i'm an idiot.....
there is a valve or something in one of the lines that 4seasons said i'd need to replace to keep the warranty...... just remember, you'll not only be out the money for the new compressor, but if it goes bad, and you haven't addressed the other things in the system that need replacing, you'll just be spinning your wheels so to speak...so if you want to save some do ra me in the long run, replace all the questionable parts now.........
fix it right the first time my old man always said....
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