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Guest Message by DevFuse

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A/C Compressor Rebuildable?

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#1 Guest_99obw_*

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 10:34 AM

Our 99 outback wagon has what started as a small refrigerant leak, now it won't hold a charge for more than a couple of days.

I suspect the compressor. It has the UV leak detect dye in it, and I will soon have a black light so I can see where it is leaking for sure. The dye is bright green, but I can't see any of it without the light.

Is the compressor rebuildable? 1subaruparts lists the compressor at $367.47. OUCH!

I have a friend who is an HVAC guy who can help me install/rebuild the compressor and vacuum/recharge the system.

Any ideas, advice, etc.?



#2 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 10 July 2003 - 03:48 PM

probably not worth your time/money. I picked up a use one from a buddy for like 50 bucks. Even if you get one from a junkyard for 100 bucks, you're still ahead of the game. Most will warranty that they'll work for 30 days or something. So if you get a bum one, you should be able to take it back.

Since you got a friend that has a vacuum pump, and HVAC knowledge, this route would probably be the cheapest & easiest.

#3 Guest_wthramann_*

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Posted 20 July 2003 - 08:27 PM

How hard was it to replace compressor? Suspect '96 Subaru Legacy's compressor is failing. When on the compressor makes an electrical noise like an arcing noise and the delivery temperature is not ice cold.

#4 Guest_99obw_*

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Posted 21 July 2003 - 05:45 AM

I bought a compressor, I should have it this week. I will let you know.


#5 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 21 July 2003 - 06:17 AM

It's not too bad. You need to depressurize the lines, you can do this by either having a shop suck out the refrigerant, or just slowly break a fitting loose and let the refrige come out on its own.

Then just take the compressor out. You need to make sure to get the correct amount of oil back in the new compressor. You'll need some sort of manual for that.

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