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Old 06-04-2002, 08:25 PM
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Do Not Rebuilt R4 Compressor

Hello folks:
Today I shopped for my wife's Honda accords compressor found this guy near Daytona Beach from internet. I am attaching his link below. A man by name George helped me over the phone and said he is doing this for 20+ years. He sounded very knowledgeable on all he had to say.
Anyway I am getting Accord's compressor from him. Now while we were talking I asked him about R4 compressor and if he rebuilts them.
His answer is he does not rebuilt R 4 and very very strongly told me not to ever buy a rebuilt R4 compressor.
Reason: He said it costs them almost a big bundle ( As much as new one) because the rebuilt parts for this compressor are expensive and when doing a complete rebuilt, plus the labor charge plus a small profit will add to a total which will be almost like paying for new.
And that is therefore not a good business. On the other hand he said there are some folks who rebuilts it by cutting a lots of corners and sometimes even without opening the compressor in order to keep their margins. and such R 4 are almost always a failure within a year if you are using your AC regularly.

He however said he will be glad to do a partial rebuilt for 80 bucks if you know for sure that your compressor has no internal failure and is not vibrating like hell. He can give a quick test to that R4 on his test equipment before going for such rebuilt just in case.

Partial rebuilt includes changing all seals to the new r134 friendly seals. New bearing and few more things that I forgot. But as he said Honestly no other warranty. So you better be sure its a working condition R-4. I have one working R4 on my car and may be l'll give it a shot next summer.
He said if you intend to keep the car GO FOR A NEW R4 Do not waste your money on a rebuilt one.
If you need more details on partial rebuilt give him a call. I am not endorsing him yet as my wifes Accord compressor is going to be first compressor, but he sure was very open to all questions and had nice explaination for things


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Old 06-04-2002, 10:24 PM
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New R4 compressors are suspect at best -- rebuilt ones are pure garbage, and definitely to be avoided at all cost.


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Old 06-05-2002, 09:00 AM
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It sounds like you had a lengthy conversation with a wise fellow. I would NEVER AGAIN buy a rebuilt R4, been there, done that. Believe me.

Have a great day,

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