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Old 09-17-2011, 11:51 AM
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York Compressor leaking oil

Yesterday I got a wild hair and decided to refill my a/c system. The previous owner had put r134 in the system, who knows if he did anything else to convert it. My York looks like it might be a rebuilt unit though, fresh paint, clean and just looks like the newest component under the hood.

Anyway I checked the York’s oil level, hooked up the gauges and dumped a can of 134 in. This brought the high side up to 140 PSI and I was getting cold air! No bad noises, no huge drop in engine RPMs just cold air. My happy moment was short lived though when I noticed oil was leaking from the bottom on the compressor at a rapid rate so I shut it down. I kept leaking I am guessing until all the r134 pressure was gone.

Can you still get gasket sets for these?

Would it leak pressure from the bottom plate on the unit?

Should I just skip repair and go for a Sanden retro fit?
1972 280SE 4.5
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:32 PM
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Was it bottom cover seal or the shaft seal that was leaking? Yes you can get seal kits for these.
1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

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