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Old 08-08-2006, 06:13 PM
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AC Compressor crapped out, new or rebuilt?

My "newish" 84 300D has let me down in the comfort regime....
need a new compresser, new or rebuilt? Behr, APCO? GM?
What is the consensus? There was "heated" (no pun intended) discussion on R134a vs R12 vs Freeze 12 on other posts that went on forever. I am interested in a combination of longevity, ease of service, and ECONOMY. What parts can I conceivably do myself if I can access proper equipment at an auto hoppy shop? If I have leaked out all of my R134a, can I go ahead and replace the compressor and R/D, seals and then have the system evacuated leak checked and charged?

Lastly - who has the best prices out there?


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Old 08-08-2006, 06:24 PM
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I just sold a regular old MB300D compressor $65 with a 6 month warranty. It had excellent compression and the clutch was in good shape. I wish I had some more of them in stock. Check I always go used on most non-maintenance parts I need ( I work at a salvage yard). For the price of the freeze 12 kit, dryer and expansion valve from diesel giant and a used compressor, you can get back on the road pretty quickly and fairly cheap. Just my .02 worth

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