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Old 03-29-2012, 01:43 PM
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Re: A/C smell and warm air

I think I'm just gonna get the cabin filter kit and shoot some frigi fresh in the air inlet for the time being and see how long I can make it this summer! This week she gets all new pads & rotors, replacing undercariage seals and hopefully be putting on Goodyear Duratrac 245/75/16's mounted on black powdered factories!
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Well it's official, I think I am going to melt sitting in my black Jeep with black leather when we have had record number of 90 degree days this summer. Along with that, for whatever godforsaken reason my compressor seems to have recently puked on me as well. I never even turn my A/C on and had only been using the blower this summer to defog the windshield during rain.. Now instead of even blowing the warm smelly air, it has a slight hot draft of smell. I had my mechanic do the dye test and I think he said the leak was in the core.. Can someone recommend what steps I should take first? Repair compressor and then possibly bring to an A/C service shop and add stop leak to limp through the rest of the summer, or be better off just dumping what is likely to be over $1000 into replacing it all? I love the car, but it is probably only worth $5000 to the right person if I was to sell, but not having A/C would make it nearly impossible to get rid of... No sense fixing the compressor only if the issue will just happen again due to the A/C. After this fix, new shocks and a fuel pump are about all that haven't been replaced on this thing...!
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Re: A/C smell and warm air

I wouldn't replace the compressor and add stop leak...that would probably not be good for the compressor. This would be an "all or nothing" type thing unfortunately. You either get it all fixed, or you don't and wait it out. I'll warn you now, you're likely looking at well over $1000. Labor to replace the core is considerable. I've done this myself in my previous XJ. It was a whole day affair for me (never done it before), but I did it. The core itself wasn't expensive, it was the time it took to replace it. If you're handy at all and have any knowledge of automotive work, you can cut $800+ out of this job by doing the core replacement yourself. Shops wanted $1200 to replace the evap core in my 98 XJ, including the part. I got the part and some tools for about $200 and did the heater core while I was at it because I was already in there. The dash basically needs to come out. The box the core is packaged in needs to come out (under the glove box), the box gets disassembled, the core gets replaced, and the whole process gets reversed.
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Re: A/C smell and warm air

My mechanic told me he would do the A/C for $700, but I'm sure I would need new lines or something as well once he gets in there (wouldn't clogged lines likely be what burnt out my compressor?) So would likely be a bit more than his lifelong mechanic rate.. for the price I can do without a/c but I need my heat and defrost no matter what..if I just get the compressor done can I just get my lines flushed or would they too need replacing either way?
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