A/C Compressor problem - Toyota Corolla 1996
I have a Toyota Corolla 96 DX that has run into some A/C problems. The blower works fine. When I got it inspected, they told me that I need to change the A/C compressor and gave an estimate of about $1900. I did not know that the compressor is that expensive. I am not in a situation to spend that kinda money. What ya guys suggest? Can i just have em put a used compressor or something?
How does an inspection and all of a sudden, oh you need a new a/c compressor at $1900 fit in the same sentence???? They don't inspect a/c compressors when they do an inspection unless they are afraid that an R-12 system may have a leak??? I assume your a/c is not working and you had them look at it? Please make this stuff clear. You said the blower works fine so I take it that the air ain't cold? Have you had the system diagnosed and if so, what was done? A/C being in/op could be MANY things and usually is NOT the compressor unless you are very unlucky. How many miles on this thing?
You can buy "AC recharge" kits or something with a similar name. It should
consist of a canister of gas, with a hose and a guage on it. They're
usually around 25 dollars or so, and you can get them at any place like
wall-mart, autozone, etc. They basically put more freon into your system
which should make it colder for a while. Most systems leak out freon
slowly, and after several years have low levels of it. Although, this is
just a bandaid for a bigger problem, it will make your AC cold for at least
a few months.
Is it really that hot over there that you absollutelly MUST have A/C? I know if I was lucky enough to have it and it didn't work..I'd just leave it and use the old classic....the windows! lol :thumbs:
It gets hot as HELL here, 95-98F on a summer day with humidity about 90%.
I NEED A/C when it is like that. Rolling down the windows makes you stick
to the seat and sweat like a pig. Unless you like sweaty guys, then you
need a/c. :laughing:
One thing about what GHETTOTAURUS said is that those a/c recharge kits are for R-134A systems and the hose connection fits on the HIGH side of the system service port only. Most have a gauge with yellow, red, green and blue on it and they indicate where your system is charged to and where you should be. I happen to think that the gauges are not the most acurate but they do work. If you have a major leak, you will want to fix it first then charge the system after correctly evacuating and pulling a vacuum on it.
If just a small amount has leaked in the course of a summer or something, you may use these to add more refrigerant to the system to top it off. :hi: