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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:08 AM   #1
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Changing AC compressor

Been checking things off my to do list and one of the last issues is that my ac leaks down after a couple days, does blow ice cold when charged. I did inject dye into the system and the only spot I can see is around the compressor itself. Should I remove and change seals or just replace it? Is removal eaiser from top or bottom? Rock Auto has a new Denso for $216.00 # 4710355. BTW 1999 GTS Thanks
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:56 AM   #2
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Do the o-rings first. Mine were pretty crispy. They are easy to get to on the compressor and dryer areas. More difficult on the condenser.
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I think he means the seals on the compressor not the o-rings to the input/output lines. You will need a special tool to seat the shaft seal correctly so it will not leak (at least you need it on the GM V5 units). Still cheaper than a replacement but it will take more time to rebuild the compressor. Was planning on doing this last summer but couldn't so no comment on how long it would not leak for.
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I think he means the seals on the compressor not the o-rings to the input/output lines.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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If you're talking about the O-Rings where the lines attach to the compressor, just change them and not the compressor. To do it right you'll need a vacuum pump to evac the system after you change the O-Rings. When I changed my compressor, I drilled out the rivets holding the inner fender on to give myself easier access - but I was also cleaning up a power steering leak, and pulling the driver exhaust manifold.

If you're swapping the compressor, it comes out from the top and you have to remove the aluminum brace from the front of the engine - at least I did. Don't forget to add an oil charge if you replace the compressor. PAG-100 I think.

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I converted both front fender liners to rivetnuts and body bolts. I can take mine out at will
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I converted both front fender liners to rivetnuts and body bolts. I can take mine out at will
I bought the stuff to do it, but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I'll do that today since it's on jackstands waiting for the wheels to be polished. Maybe I'll do the fuel tank panel too since I need a regulator if I can find one.
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[QUOTE=RobV;3247850]I think he means the seals on the compressor not the o-rings to the input/output lines.

Not sure where the leak is, the bottom side of the compressor looks wet. Maybe coming from the clutch and or lines, could change o-rings first. Car is up in the air since I just installed a 3'' Corsa system with high flow cats. I also removed the poly engine mounts for stock style rubber, just didn't like the slight vibration with poly. I do have a RobinAir 34788 machine so no Al Gore knocking at my door.
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... I can take mine out at will
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