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Old 08-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #1
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Under hood AC compressor dead

AC compressor clutch was making such a great amount of noise that I was afraid I had broken something under the doghouse. Close inspection with the engine running showed that the compressor clutch would stop turning and then start again, creating the noise. A mechanic friend of mine told me to disconnect the wires to it since that is what was making it cycle on & off for circulation, even if the AC switch at the dash was off. Now I want to replaced this huge monster with a smaller upgraded AC compressor (R124). I know that many companies offer new AC replacements and are smaller and lighter. Does anyone have a recommendation?
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:07 AM   #2
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Hi, what kind of noise was the A/C clutch making? If it was just a frequent chirping noise, it could be caused by the clutch cycling switch senseing low pressure. If this is the case, you need to recharge your system and check for leaks.
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Yes, it was that type of sound, and I know that the AC never worked "cold", so I know it's got a leak somewhere. The PO told me it had been converted already to R124 and there's a sticker to that effect. I want to replace the whole thing to something smaller and upgraded. I heard Vintage Air has replacements for these old type systems. I may look them up today.
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Hi, any good, major, A/C shop should be able to set you up with a more modern and effecient compressor. Specialty shops usually charge a premium for the same thing. In my neighborhood, I would go to Lynn's Air or California Air & Refrigeration to have this done.
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