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Phoenix, AZ A/C Shop Suggestions

azadam on Sat May 16, 2009 11:26 PM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1995
Make: Saturn
Model: SC2
Engine Size: 1.9L

Hoping someone can suggest a good local shop that doesn't mind replacing the compressor with a used part and a new receiver/drier for the warranty. I'm fairly new to Phoenix and don't know ANY shops good or bad yet. Usually I do my own car repairs but A/C work isn't something I'm comfortable with doing just yet so need to find a shop that won't try to gouge me and has reasonable rates, along with using the afore mentioned parts I've already purchased. Any suggestions are appreciated, as are warning of shops to avoid. Thanks!

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AZAdam
Phoenix, HellOnEarthAZ
1995 Saturn SC2

Chick on Sun May 17, 2009 5:40 AM User is offlineView users profile

That is kinda like bringing your own sandwich into a restaurant and ordering their coffee.. But you could try a gas station in your area, some of those in New Jersey will do just about anything... And I doubt anyone will warrant another persons part, especially used, especially that type of compressor.. So you can figure on paying whatever the shop charges for charging the system, and if it seizes while they are filling it, you will still pay with no warranty at all on their labor..

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azadam on Sun May 17, 2009 7:20 AM User is offlineView users profile

My bad, I didn't realize the forum was run by a local service shop. In which case, I'll give Arizona Mobile Air a call on Monday to see if they can help me out. I don't need a warranty on the labor, the salvage yard I got the compressor from has a 1 year warranty as long as a new drier/receiver is installed, the system is flushed properly, evacuated and refilled properly, and I keep have receipts to back it up. I'll be returning the receiver/drier I purchased and buying it as well as a new expansion valve from AZ Mobile Air regardless of who does the work. They have the best prices around for those parts! I apologize for seeming inconsiderate, it was in no way intentional. I look forward to doing business with AZ Mobile Air in the very near future!

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AZAdam
Phoenix, HellOnEarthAZ
1995 Saturn SC2

Chick on Sun May 17, 2009 7:25 AM User is offlineView users profile

No problem, just pointing out the problems you might face. This board is all about helping the DIY'er, but usually from start to finish. That is why I recommended changing the parts yourself and then having the system recharged.. But no one likes to change parts from somewhere else, especially used parts..:0 I'm sure the guys at Ackits.com can help you some way.. Good luck..

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Chick
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Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose

azadam on Sun May 17, 2009 7:43 AM User is offlineView users profile

Actually, I did start out with the intention of doing it myself but was having trouble finding reference info/or a forum just like this one, so I was going to wuss out and have someone else do the work. So, I've embarassed myself enough that I'm going to go ahead and take a shot at it myself. Thank you for the motivation lol. Anyway, I'll start a new post with the why/where/how/etc of my project and see what my next step should be then. BTW, you're welcome to delete this topic, lol...lookin forward to learning from all of you, peace

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AZAdam
Phoenix, HellOnEarthAZ
1995 Saturn SC2

GM Tech on Sun May 17, 2009 11:36 AM User is offline

A used rotary vane compressor- sounds familiar-- sure this isn't the other posts in disguise? anyway- let us know how well that compressor starts pumping-- I always have trouble with them- after they have set for awhile---read about a guys '96 Saturn-- on this same topic....

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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......

TRB on Sun May 17, 2009 12:34 PM User is offlineView users profile

LA & AZ on the IP GM but I noticed that last night also.

As for installing another's part. We have a shop booked for 3 days out right now and it's not going to calm down until August. We don;t have time to play games with unknown parts. So the only option we can offer is the standard service check with a quote for the repairs needed using products we sell. There are a ton of postings on Craigslist for A/C repair this time of year. I don't know of any local shop willing to do the work asked in this post let alone honor a warranty on it.

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