About 6 weeks a go my AC cold was getting weaker so I thought I would be real smart and charge it up. Well right after that my compressor blew - started making noises then totally stopped. All charge was lost.
Maybe I should have added oil, the gauge was showing under so I dont think I over charged it unless maybe a blockage was in there somewhere. So now it is getting warmer and warmer here in the south....better get it fixed...
Anyway the dealer told me the orifice line, compressor and accumulator need replacing and told me the price which use your imagination and you know what it was.
So being the wannabe DIY'er I am looking into doing this myself and also seeing that it might be a good idea to replace the condensor since it is a parrallel design and it cant be easily flushed. The dealer was probably trying to avoid having a cardiac situation so probably did not even bring that possibility up.
I looked into OEM parts online which although cheaper than the dealer, are still pricey but the aftermarket parts available at the local / national auto parts chain are pretty reasonably priced.
I am looking to buy the gauge manifold and vacuum tools at harbor freight and borrow a flush container from my local / national auto parts chain.
So after all this here is my question - and thank you for your patience if you read this far - does anyone have any recommendations to stay away from the aftermarket parts for the AC system - is fitment going to be an issue? If it is i figure i can just return the part to the local / national chain if it is, slight hassle that it is.
I figure that ac parts are pretty generic in quality fitment of the hoses are the only worry I have but is it misplaced? But also does the quality of compressors have a large variance between oem and aftermarket?
Thank you - you guys are the best - I got really good advice from you folks here in the past. Someday I hope I can be a contributor. I just have so much to learn!