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SELTEC TM16 assembly procedure

coldkeeper1 on Wed July 23, 2008 12:11 AM User is offlineView users profile

I friend of mine recently replaced a SELTEC TM16 compressor and gave to me the original unit which I would love to try on my truck. But there is one problem: the compressor is completely deassembled. He was curious about the interior design of the compressor, and he took his time to disect it. Right now I´m trying to put together the oscillating plate and pistons inside the cylinders, but the steel balls and their disks keep falling down. Any hints on how to put the compressor back in shape?

GM Tech on Wed July 23, 2008 8:39 AM User is offline

Those steel balls are probably "selected" to be in their proper positions- based on measurements taken when buit- so when your buddy dissassembled the unit- he made the decision right then and there whether or not it was going back together or not-- unless he noted all the locations of the balls, races, bearings etc- there is not much hope of proper reassembly- you can do it otherwise- but expect noise, and undue wear- from sloppy joints, or tight jionts-- The shaft seal will but tore up as well- if he did not use a seal protector on teardown.

The first thing I always consider on tearing down a unit- is---Do I ever want to use it again?

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The number one A/C diagnostic tool there is- is to know how much refrigerant is in the system- this can only be done by recovering and weighing the refrigerant!!
Just a thought.... 65% of A/C failures in my 3200 car diagnostic database (GM vehicles) are due to loss of refrigerant due to a leak......

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