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hi guys i need help ASAP with locating an indie in Richmond im pretty sure my AC compressor burnt out it didnt sieze the belt but it started blowing warm air and smoking plus i can see the pulley moving laterally while the car is on. i pretty much need my car working again ASAP. I can put on a short belt for now but its too hot to drive back to NY without AC. Can someone point out a good mechanic in the close area, or if anyone has the tools and knowledge to help and wants to help I would really appreciate it-- i'll pay you its not a problem. I'll order the part from eeuro.


tl;dr: AC compressor most likely shot, need mechanic recomendation near richmond, VA to replace it or a friend to help me replace it myself, i'll pay you.


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Ouch!

You're in a tough spot. Have a NEW, not rebuilt, OEM Sanden compressor in box I can overnight to you for $450 shipped if you'd like. They have the oil in them already as well so no need to worry about that. Eeuro sells for $460. Too late to get it out today today but can have it out tomorrow. Also have a new receiver drier I can throw in there for $35. Eeuro charges $40. Should always replace it when opening up the AC system.

If you want it shoot a $450 paypal payment to [email protected] and I'll make sure its taken care of.
 

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Can't help much in Richmond, but if you're inclined to stop in Warrenton on the way back, S&S Auto on Rt. 29 north will fix you right up.

www.sandsautosales.com

Ask for Al or Jeff and tell 'em Jim Miller sent you.
 

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Midas decided to try to rip me off (big surprise)

Any advice? I think at this rate I might have to short-belt it and go home

Chad same price for the compressor shipped to 10305?
 

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im in williamsburg. (40 min southeast of richmond)
i just quoted someone on an a/c compressor job at just over $1k with an OE compressor
i wish i had seen this a couple of days ago. i just sold my used one (wouldve dropped the price down by about 1/3)
 

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Midas wanted 1500 for a new compressor, receiver/drier and vacuum/refill + flush to get any debris out of the system from the broken compressor. . They originally quoted me 900-1k which I would be ok with paying. If you have the time for some business today and are able to get the parts and have the tools I can make it to Williamsburg b/c I put a short belt on. If not I'll probably do it myself at home ... Just driving without the AC to NY is gonna be a bitch.
 

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My biggest problem with doing the job myself is I lack the equipment to flush the system and then vacuum/recharge it. Installing the things doesn't look so hard.
 

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That's great info thanks! I think autozone even rents those things too. But doing a system flush is still something I'd need a shop to do right?

Also something i don't understand - the compressor comes pre-filled with compressor oil. So if i vacuum the system with the vacuum pump it pulls the oil out of the compressor right? So then I have to re-add it with the freon somehow?
 

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I'm no expert, but I think the only time you need to flush a system is if you are changing refrigerant types.

Edit: wrong about that, looked it up.

On my c900 I converted from r12 to r134a and had to flush the system. I did it myself with mineral spirits and an air compressor. I disassembled the lines and flushed each component individually--used the same compressor, just changed fittings.

Any time you open a system, you have to replace the receiver/drier and pull vacuum to get all the moisture out.

I never understood the ester oil vs refrigerant thing. I always thought they were in separate systems somehow. (time for a wiki search). When I recharged my system after the conversion I used two cans of oil and refrigerant mix. It's been working fine for two years.
 

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They said that since the compressor died internally it could have sent shrapnel through the whole system making a flush necessary.
Makes sense. The passages in the condenser are pretty small. They may not even be able to flush that entirely if there is debris in there.
 
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