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How to add oil to a chevy cavalier

patarusky on Tue October 09, 2007 8:32 PM User is offline

Year: 00
Make: chevy
Model: cavalier

My cavalier just got a new compressor but no oil was added to the system and I don't know where to put it in at. Should it go in the compressor via 1 of the lines going to it or just put it in the low side charge port and run the car? Shouldn't the oil circulate in the compressor first before starting the car? Seems a dry compressor is a bad idea. Can I turn the center hub of the clutch to lube the compressor or is there a better way a guy at home can do this? Thanks

Chick on Tue October 09, 2007 8:39 PM User is offlineView users profile

Before you install the compressor add a few ounces via the oil drain plug on the side of the V5 compressor. Yjen turn the outer hub a dozen or so times to lube the inside.. (Pag 150) But what else was changed, and was the system flushed, why are you changing the compressor etc...The more we know, the more we can help...

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patarusky on Tue October 09, 2007 9:27 PM User is offline

The compressor sprang a leak at the rear. My son (who is doing all this) got a new compressor at the local auto crap store before I could stop him. He's already put it on the car. Now he wants me to evac and charge but when I asked him about oil he said the autocrap guy told him oil was in it. I said I didn't think so. Of course he didn't save his receipt (kids!) so now I have this to deal with. I'm no expert but the system worked fine until the leak. I don't know if I could get to the plug since this thing is on the bottom right by the exhaust header. It doesn't look like I have any room in there at all to work so up on stands it goes and I'll see what I can do. If I loosen a line near the compressor won't the oil drain into it? I thought spinning the compressor was a good idea. The auto parts guy said he should use PAG 46 in a new compressor. Is that right? I know I know, this is not the way to do this but I'm trying to salvage a mess. Thanks

Chick on Tue October 09, 2007 9:36 PM User is offlineView users profile

If you don't want to remove the compressor again, you do need to take the manifold off and add some thru the suction port while spinning the clutch. Then add the rest to the accumulator (remove a line) Once it starts the oil will be sucked in, not the right way, removing it and adding thru the drain plug is what should be done.. But get some into the compressor, if you have trouble, it takes less time to remove the compressor than trying to get it in while it's on the car...Just my opinion...Hope this helps..

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