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Old 06-15-2006, 09:29 PM   #31
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Well- Its thursday- and I still have no new AC
The guy that was supposed to assist my friend to do it- had an emergency, and was unable to do it. So now Im waiting until monday. And Im stuck driving the 'Bird' for another day.
So frustrating- and its supposed to be hot this weekend.....
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Do it yourself! Honestly, it'* not hard.
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I don't have the time- or I just might . I've heard that it pretty straight forward- but I also want to leave to someone that knows what they are doing.
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3800 A/C compressors are right in the front and are held on by 2 bolts in the front and one in the rear. Then the wiring harness connections and one bolt holding the refrig. lines on. If you need to replace the condensor then you have to take the radiator out....not hard, but you have to drain coolant. For the reciever/drier it'* one bolt and the refrig. lines. If you need to replace the evaporator then you gotta remove the kick panel on the pass. side interior.....not too hard. Then you evacuate the system and re-fill. I went to a local discount tool store (Harbor Freight) or you can go on ebay and get an Air Vac venturi A/C vac that you hook up to your air compressor (they work great)...I paid $9.00 for it. You could do the job in an afternoon and spend $300 to $500 and be done w/ it.
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In the near future I will be replacing my compressor, Drier and O rings along with the Orifice tube....

I'd say the parts will cost me less than $500 ....

And a friend has a pump to pump the system down... we did this to his GA at one point and the AC froze us out of the car on a hot day...lol

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It should cost much less than $500 if you don't have to replace anything else but the compressor.
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Well the AC is finally done. Final price $900
It is so shiney under the hood- so many new parts and the compressor is silent. Its been great- I've actually had it in use for 3 days now, and its been really warm and humid here. The irony was, I pulled up to a set of lights the first day that I had the AC back in use, and there were 2 90 SE'* and a 93-93 DE at the lights. All 3 cars all had all their windows down, and the 90 and the 93-94 both looked at me like "he must have AC, SOB"

I wish I had a view from accross the street with all the bonnys there, but I did follow one of them to the highway.

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I don't know why I took this pic before I washed the car.....the TS'* look so dirty

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Although a few bucks- definitly worth it. I don't regret it at all, well maybe just a bit before I go on vacation

They diagnosed what failed- and it was refered to "sudden black death" where the desicant bad literally exploded, and there were granules throughout the entire system (although some escaped through the holes in the lines.

The engine bay is in need of a shampooing- so thats why the pics are not the greatest...
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Glad your happy with it Mike, car looks good.
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Thanks John. It was definitly worth the wait.
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Looks like you are geared up for the summer, and many more summers to come!
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