Replacing compressor on a 94 Camry XLE

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Old 14 Oct 2005, 12:25 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Replacing compressor on a 94 Camry XLE

I need to replace the compressor on my 1994 Camry XLE (V6) and the
price I've been quoted is pretty high. I can't really anticipate what
the labor costs are, though I've checked around to get an estimate on
the new compressor itself. I was wondering if this is the sort of
thing anyone has experience with doing himself...there isn't any AC
fluid to change because it leaked out completely the last time we
refilled it, and discovered the compressor was shot.

(No, I haven't checked the Haynes manual yet, a friend borrowed it and
left the state!)

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Old 14 Oct 2005, 11:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Before doing this, you should contact an AC shop to help evaculate the
freon and to help pull a vacuum and add freon after you replace the
parts. These may be the bulk of your costs next to the compressor.

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Old 15 Oct 2005, 08:47 am   #3 (permalink)
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Get a second opinion.
My local A/C shop said they almost never see those go bad.
Wondering if perhaps could be the A/C clutch, which can be serviced -
adjusted or replaced independent of the compressor.

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Old 15 Oct 2005, 09:04 am   #4 (permalink)
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The car's got well over 200K on it, so it sort of seemed reasonable...I
was told that the reason after I refilled the AC fluid that it wasn't
cold was that it leaked out so fast (thus, I figure I don't need to
drain it, as it sounds pretty empty).

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Old 15 Oct 2005, 05:32 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry, don't understand your comment.
Refrigeration systems aren't drained, they're "evacuated" with a vacuum
pump.
If you have a leak, it is more likely at a hose or fitting.
The compressor compresses the refrigerant - not necessarily related to
leaks.
The original Denso compressor is a good unit - perhaps better than a
rebuilt unit you would find, and a new factory like kind replacement
would likely be prohibitively expensive.
Again, if you have leaks, check the hoses and fittings - likely save
the cost of a compressor. Then when repaired, have a shop properly
evacuate and refill the system with correct quantities of R-134a and
oil.
Most good shops have "sniffers" - hand held electronic leak detectors
that make a sound when detecting very minute quantities of leaking
refrigerant, so they can ususally find the source in a matter of
moments.

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Old 16 Oct 2005, 12:37 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Sorry, just using the terminology the mechanics used with me. Sort of
sounds like they might not be telling me the right thing in many
respects.

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