View Full Version : My AC is out - options
03-03-2007, 07:53 PM
I know summer is approaching and I will not be able to stand the heat in my car if I do not fix the AC. I can shell out $1500-1800 for an entire new system including condenser, compressor, evaporator, hoses and fittings, basically everything with a warranty. OR I can attempt to replace all these parts on my own and then get a shop to recharge the system. I KNOW for a fact the compressor blew and shot metal shavings all throughout the system, and the quick fittings are loose and the condenser has many bent fins. Any ideas?
03-03-2007, 07:59 PM
funny last year my ac just needed a recharge plus I bought a new relay last year for the compressor clutch now the fing relay is stuck again dam ford relays
03-03-2007, 10:56 PM
Hmm, for me I just went Four Seasons with everything except I got the Ford hoses. I think it ran aound $550-600 and me and my dad put everything in. It all works and to me was worth it, but in nowhere near as good as R12. I would say pick up the parts you can, and do whatever you're able to do. In the end you may only need them to charge the system.
03-11-2007, 12:57 AM
if your compressor grenaded and blew shavings throughout the system have someone else do it unless you have the means to flush out everything from the compressor to the orifice tube plus replace the orifice tube. you may have to flush the evap and remaining lowside as well. you do not need new hoses, evap or condensor unless they are leaking or punctured. you will need new springs and o-rings, a new orifice tube and a filter/drier, accumulator, receiver or whatever else you want to call that part.if your mechanic wants to replace evrything get a few more estimates and you'll find a mechanic who wants to replace what needs to be replaced and make room for another customer. some pf the more shady mechanics will also charge you for replacing hoses an whatnot and just not change them for it because they know the customer wont know the difference as long as the a/c works. have it converted to R134a while they're at it. it's much cheaper and works just fine as long as the condensor is large enough. old R12 condensors (pre 1988 i believe, after that the change was anticipated therefore more efficient condensors were installed) didn't have the cooling capacity to get the evaporator temp low enough to keep the vent temps cold.
03-14-2007, 11:17 AM
Get all new parts man, it won't run you anywhere near a grand even. Install everything yerself (not hard at all), then have it vacuum evacuated and charged up at a shop and call it good.
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