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Old 06-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #31
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my preference is to find someone local to deal with. too many things go can go wrong. something not fitting properly, etc.

don't forget a seal kit ... be sure to install a new filter/drier .. most accurate way to charge refrigerant is by weight. data should be found on vehicle somewhere.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #32
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The way I handled worries about having the right parts and the black death thing was to order everything from one place all at once. The whole complete system barely cracked $500. I did the grunt work of installation since that is basic mindless wrench turning. Then I took it to shop to be vacuum tested, evacuated and charged by guys with the tools and knowledge to do it right. The company I posted for the parts knew everything that would be needed to do the job and sent it to me more or less as a kit.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #33
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That is now my plan Greatdog. Thanks to everyone who posted.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #34
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The way I handled worries about having the right parts and the black death thing was to order everything from one place all at once. The whole complete system barely cracked $500. I did the grunt work of installation since that is basic mindless wrench turning. Then I took it to shop to be vacuum tested, evacuated and charged by guys with the tools and knowledge to do it right. The company I posted for the parts knew everything that would be needed to do the job and sent it to me more or less as a kit.
that's an excellent way to go ... but only after you've confirmed compressor has actually scattered. NO way I'd go to all the trouble of ripping apart dash to replace evaporator. unless I know for certain entire system was contaminated.

most of the time compressor simply locks up and/or quits working. black death doesn't happen every time, but it does happen.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #35
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What do you guys use to flush the system? my system is still opened and will be for couple of days. i'd like to flush it out while its fresh.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:23 PM   #36
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What do you guys use to flush the system? my system is still opened and will be for couple of days. i'd like to flush it out while its fresh.
You can buy flush kits. http://www.amazon.com/Mastercool-910.../dp/B000HAUXLE
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:08 PM   #37
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I have a big ass compressor... =) What fluid? Denatured alcohol?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:49 PM   #38
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I have a big ass compressor... =) What fluid? Denatured alcohol?
That would probably work. I've heard of others using it with good results. I recommend getting a manifold set and a vacuum pump. Then you can test for leaks and refill it yourself. Sounds like you like doing things yourself. Look up in a FSM how much the system holds and then figure out how many cans it's going to take. The small cans are 12 oz. The big ones are 19 oz. Vacuum out the system for about an hour to make sure there is no moisture in it. Then let it sit for a minimum of 45 minutes. I went 24 hrs to make sure there was no small leaks. You could then add cans of R134a or get a shop to do it where they will vacuum it for 5 minutes and test it for 30-45 minutes. I was charged around $125 for 2 lbs of R134A. I bought a case of 6 12 oz cans for $40 shipped.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:01 PM   #39
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My issue with just replacing the compressor is that mine was a Jeep not a Toyota. They are known for crap condensers and evaporators. I figured do it once and do it right. I have never had an A/C component go bad on any of our four Toyota trucks. So I might be tempted to only fix what broke on a Tacoma. But a Chrysler is a whole different ballgame.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:32 AM   #40
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My logic is that once you buy the compressor and dryer, you really aren't buying a lot more to get the entire system replaced. If you did end up with crap in the system from the compressor, and that ultimately causes you to have to replace something again, plus get it charged again, you are probably money behind.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #41
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Make it happen! Thats how its done when your cheap like me! If you have a sliding rear window much easier and more temporary! All you need is a craigslist 8K BTU window unit [$50-$100], and an inverter for up to 1,000 watts at an auto parts store [$100 or so], or a generator if you have one.



But seriously thats insane! $2,500? I have done the above works great! If in a single cab truck like that it'll blast! Espically before that $! But if your mechinically inclined enough to rebuild a motor, refrigeration systems are extremely simple. WAY simplier than a motor. Easy to work on too.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #42
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Your right ear must get cold as hell driving that.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #43
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Just so you know

As already said, get a new compressor, suction accumulator, and orifice tube. Howerver the last couple of compressors I got did not come with the required compressor oil charge ( as in they were dry ), Ask the parts house to look up the required oil type and amount, measure and pour into compressor suction inlet (large line) and install. If you don't do this you will be right back where you started with a locked up compressor. Also make sure you oil all of the o rings and connections with refrigeration oil, the same as what goes into the compressor, so the o rings will slide and seal instead of binding and rolling, which can tear and cause leaks. Then get someone to evacuate the system and charge it, you should be good to go..
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:34 AM   #44
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This place has well priced auto part prices with options for different brand parts.

http://www.partstrain.com/store/??N=...universal:0%29
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #45
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When my compressor blew up last summer (Tucson - 100+ for weeks at a time), I took the plunge and got a new compressor, drier, filter and evap on ebay and installed them myself. I took it to a shop to be charged. Works like a champ! The parts cost $400 and the servicing was about $80.

This was on a 2001 Toyota Echo. YMMV.

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Did you need any special tools?

My A/C compressor is on it's way out I think, and I like to do my own work where possible, but not knowing much about A/C has me nervous. You have to capture all the refrigerant somehow right? And then you need compressed air or something to clear out the lines before you put everything back together?
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