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AC Compressor DEAD

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My AC compressor is dead in my 01. Shop wants 850.00 to replace it. Is this a job I should consider doing myself? If so anyone have some pointers?

Thanks peoples
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How did the A/C compressor go out. If it shelled out and sent metal throughout the system, you are looking at replacing a lot of parts and flushing the system. If it did not send out metal, you can replace the compressor and receiver/drier yourself, and possibly the orifice tube if it is not stuck. It does not sound like you have experience with HVAC, so I doubt you have the tools to pull a vac, leak test, and recharge the system with the proper amount of oil & refrigerent. If you can replace the parts, you can then bring it to a shop that can recharge the system.

big_blue, you do not need an IMACA license or the like to handle the R134a refrigerent, however, I have been hearing rumors for the past couple years that they may start requiring a license for purchase/use of R134a.
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