I got a new A/C compressor...

I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby Ghetto Thrasher [OP] » December 20th 2010, 4:14pm

...i'm just wondering how much does mechanics normally charge to get it replaced. I've looked around, online and at the shops, I just wanna amke i'm not being ripped off.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby chevymaher » December 20th 2010, 4:49pm

Micheal tires charges 250 plus parts.That includes evac and charge.Personally I charge a hundred plus parts.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby Phantom » December 20th 2010, 5:16pm

During the early summer months some shops will test \evaluate the system for leaks for free. If you buy the rubber O-ring\gasket kit for a few dollars , a good time to replace the dryer too and\or orifice tube and install the compressor your self you will save at least a $100 or more depending on the shop.Then take van to shop for an Evacuation\recharge of system. Evacuation is needed to remove moisture from the system that can cause internal corrosion as well as prevent the system from getting as cold as it is capable of. Proper evacuation should be done with professional equipment, Installation of dryer\orifice tube with a new compressor will permit optimum A/C operation, it may work without replacing but it is a gamble for how long or if it will get as cold as it should , any time you open the system by disconnecting compressor or any hoses you allow air moisture to enter the system and needing a fresh evacuation\recharge which is usually $80 -$140 bucks depending on who does the work.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby tedanderson » December 20th 2010, 6:25pm

On the low end, it's roughly a $250-$300 job. $500-$600 if they have to replace hoses or pull the evaporator to visibly check for leaks.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby Ghetto Thrasher [OP] » December 21st 2010, 12:04am

:ty: thanks again guys. i'm glad that I found this site.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby fast68 » December 26th 2010, 8:47am

really it depends on what all extra is gonna have to be done

just to replace the compressor, on an old style tbi engine i would charge probably 75 or 100

and about 150 or so on a vin W


anything else extra to do would be more labor cost

tbi ones pretty easy to swap out really i would probably only end up charging 75 for compressor swap alone

a few bolts and the lines bolt and unplug the wires and its off, about 15 or 20 minutes or so and can have the old one off, thats all the longer it took me, with the 92 recently
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby Zebediah III » December 27th 2010, 9:30pm

It can vary by hundreds of dollars. A place that does it right and does a good flush and uses high quality parts will easily be twice as much as the shadetree guy that uses an Advance Auto reman and the bare minimum of procedures and expertise (Some don't even vacuum the system sad to say). Some people get the work done by the cheapest guy, then they have to go back and get it redone soon after due to junk parts or system contamination, leaks were missed etc. My one Astro I did was a new GM compressor, a hose (Delco), accumulator, O-tube, fan clutch, thorough flush and every O-ring in the system. Vacuum'ed and kept it holding for a few hours, leak checked thoroughly and it never gave me any trouble. I did this during an engine swap in '07 as the A/c had a loud compressor when it had the V-6. If this were someone else's car I would have charged them around $700, and like I said.... they would not have been back with any issues since. I did the other Astro and it got a new evap due to the fins being plugged with cigarette smoke (eeech!) That one would have been a lot more $.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby Zebediah III » December 27th 2010, 9:32pm

One more thing... the OEM compressors are very quiet, I get them for less then the junk parts store remans would run me and if I ever had an issue all I would do is call them and they would run me out a replacement but that is so rare.
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Re: I got a new A/C compressor...

Postby chevymaher » December 28th 2010, 8:37pm

Just for giggles.My van leaked and needed a new pump.They forty at scrap yard I go to.Only one they had that fit mine was rusted from dog house of van being off.Clutch was rusted into one piece.So I took a chance because it was a hundred degrees at the time.I talked them down to twenty bucks.Sprayed it with PB Blaster smacked it with a hammer and it broke loose.After refrigerant I had thirty in it.I was thinkin it summer if it just stayed compressing two months it was worth it.And I would put old one back on when I did not need air anymore.Well it been eight months and it works like a champ.Took a few more shots Of PB to get it quiet.It used to make a noise when compressor was not running.
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