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Old 06-14-2001, 01:42 PM
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Hi everyone,

I've just purchased a new YORK compressor (together with clutch) for my 1983 W126 (280SEL). It comes in black, looks like spray-painted to me. When I brought it to my mechanic for fixing, he look surprised and asked if I'd gotten a reconditioned compressor. I said of course not, but called the a/c company anyway to double-check. They told me its definitely a new compressor, and the color black was because the new batches now all come shipped in that color, from the factory!

As much as I wanted to believe the a/c company, the compressor to me really looks like a used unit, and even the black paint seem unprofessionally done. But before I kick up a fuss at the a/c company, I would like to check with fellow members here about the authenticity of the compressor. My current YORK compressor is all silver in color, so does anyone here knows if there is really truth in the black compressor idea?

Please help, thanks!!

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Old 06-14-2001, 02:40 PM
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I actually checked with the Climate Control dept. of York International, was told that they do paint some of their compressors black.

The person I talked to didn't know why some were painted and some weren't, but that they were spray-painted in a booth, and not powder-coated.

As far as the quality of the paint results, that person couldn't elaborate.

York compressors are used in a variety of automotive models, and quite possibly are painted based on the requirements of the vehicle manufacturer. I know that some of the earlier Jeep models had black ones.

Hope that sheds some light on the subject.
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Old 06-14-2001, 02:59 PM
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Oh yeah, if you want the check for yourself, here are some numbers...I didn't get to talk to the experts, (they were at lunch):

York International - Climate Control Division
217-422-0055
Steve Miller ext. 238
Paul Wilke ext. 208
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