Hey everyone, so my AC wouldn't put out cold air. I took it to the dealership and the said the compressor fell apart, took the condenser with it, and screwed the lines with sediment. The below from them:
The parts needed to get your ac working again are as follow:
A/C discharge hose
A/C main evaporator
A/C rear Evaporator
A/C compressor with clutch and coil
A/C evac and recharge.
As far as total cost goes, estimate runs about $4732.00. $1881.00 would be labor and the rest would be parts. Tech says it would make sense to install a new expansion valve while the evaporator is out but this would add about $273.00.
In terms of you bringing your own parts, that would be ok but unfortunately, they would need to be new parts.
I talked to a non dealer mechanic shop and they said they could do it all for 2800
Neither of these dollar amounts are in my current budget, so I am going to try and tackle this myself this weekend. I found the condenser and compressor (w/ clutch and coil) at a junkyard (and they warranty for six months for 10$, 30 days for free), but I haven't found a local evaporator yet. The junkyard said one of their sister shops has one but it's many zip codes away, so shipping time and cost.
I'm looking for advice surrounding this job. I know I can do it, but I am a novice and I know it will be very hard
for me, but at that price, I have to try. If you have links handy, or know of keywords I can search to point me towards good YouTube videos, or good manuals, that would be appreciated. I am looking on my own, too, but I'm going to be starting tomorrow, so I wanted to get as much info as quickly as possible
Also, will it be a problem to do this without the evaporators?
I'd consider suffering the summer with box fan while I save money, but I have my 3 yo son who I don't want to put through that, and 2800 is just too out of reach for me to not attempt it myself.