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Rattiac

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Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« on: April 02, 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
The A.C. on my jeep is starting to make noise. Im pretty sure it's the bearing in the clutch. SO I've been looking for that specific bearing but getting hard to find for my 99 Cherokee.
Thinking I could find a  a/c clutch set is also proving impossible to find.

Decided to call a shop near me to get the whole compressor w/ clutch unit and was quoted $1100
To replace everything . Compressor/clutch, lines, evaporator, condensor.
Claiming there may be metal in the lines, just doing the compressor may be bad and needing replacement in the future.

Does this sound right to you guy's. Should I bite the bullet or just do the compressor ???

Another shop quoted $1300 over the phone. Said unless everything is replaced no warranty.
24/24 .
« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 02:03:18 PM by Rattiac »

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 02:05:54 PM »
Rattiac, I faced the same thing year before last on my 98 Dodge p.u. (probably same compressor). Bearing making noise, then developed a small freon leak at seal. After weighing all the options, I was either going to get a compressor from salvage yard (wrecked with charge still in and no signs of seal leakage, no bearing play/smooth) or go reman (price was about same). With remanufactured, they require proof of all replaced to get waranty. Decided i didn't want to spend any money on a dead horse.

My opinion is....if all was working well you probably don't need to worry about metal contaminents in system. I use to do it all the time, never had a problem. Replace, vac system, recharge oil/freon. Its all about what you can afford.

Here is the whole shabang kit from Pit Stop Auto
« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 03:53:19 PM by sammons »

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 03:29:40 PM »
How about replacing everything yourself and just having the shop recharge the system? That would have to save you at least 1/2.
Tighten it up til it strips, then back it off a quarter turn

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 04:03:43 PM »
I agree with Chopper but would take it one step further with this kit.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Combo-3-5CFM-1-4HP-Air-Vacuum-Pump-HVAC-R134A-Kit-AC-A-C-Manifold-Gauge-Set/201465242606?epid=1539295568&hash=item2ee843a3ee:g:7ZoAAOSwMLha9QIj

That way you can check for leaks (via vacuum) before charging.

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 10:41:41 PM »
Lately I've been learning that I need to pick my battles carefully.  :o
That goes for in the shop also.  ;)
So handing over a wad of cash vs. another project
vs time vs happy significant other.
Seems like my quotes are almost even and after watching what is involved. Think I'll let the pro's handle it.
Plus have a Yellowstone trip on the way. ;D 8)
« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 10:43:37 PM by Rattiac »

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2019, 07:04:03 AM »
Lucky you, I love Yellowstone!
Working for a living gets in the way of finishing my car

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 09:41:32 AM »
Lately I've been learning that I need to pick my battles carefully.  :o
That goes for in the shop also.  ;)
So handing over a wad of cash vs. another project
vs time vs happy significant other.
Seems like my quotes are almost even and after watching what is involved. Think I'll let the pro's handle it.
Plus have a Yellowstone trip on the way. ;D 8)

Well, it doesn't sound like an unreasonable amount of money, and it is the safest way to go. Good choice. Have a safe and fun trip!!
Tighten it up til it strips, then back it off a quarter turn

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 01:37:11 PM »
This next week is my 20 yr anniversary where I work. My boss handed me an envelope and said go get your A.C. fixed.  :o 8) 8) 8) ;D

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2019, 03:53:57 PM »
That is one good boss!!!! Two or three months after my 20 year anniversary, my boss threw a printed certificate for 20 years service on my desk and said "here get rid of this before I get coffee stains on it"......government job.
Tighten it up til it strips, then back it off a quarter turn

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2019, 08:34:00 PM »
I just got my poly carbonate plaque with the company logo on it, WOW. Its still in the box shoved under some papers on my desk.

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2019, 11:06:36 AM »
While on the subject of A/C I would like to add my experience installing A/C in the '39.  Sort of in a remote area so I purchased a hose crimping set and gauges.  Installation is very easy and savings are off scale.  Benefits of DIY far outweigh the cost.  Research will also save lots.  I found a 2001 Kia Rio dryer only cost $5 at Rock Auto!  There is also an inline filter that can be added to the system. 

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2019, 01:56:12 PM »
He's a good guy. 8)
My new system is installed along with a new idler pulley. Jeep seems to have more power now and the fan even sounds different.😁

Hell maybe this summer I can get back to working on the 32.

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Re: Your Thoughts on A.C. replacement.
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2019, 05:24:06 PM »
Your boss is just greasing you because he wants to borrow your '32 when it's done  ;)
Tighten it up til it strips, then back it off a quarter turn

 


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