I'm looking to replace my a/c compressor at a low cost seeing as i have a friend who can help me out, avoiding the cost of actually going to a mechanic. risky, i know, but i trust the guy. i plan to buy the parts myself online. my question is basically, what else am i going to have to buy and have replaced other than the a/c compressor? i've read that since it locked up i may need to replace other parts due to pieces of metal from the old compressor that could compromise the new a/c compressor that will be installed. i'm not sure if this is important, but at the time of it locking up, i couldn't afford to replace it and instead had to have a work-around pulley installed so that the serpentine belt could be replaced. thanks for any responses
Can you turn the plate in front of the pulley that drives the compressor internals? If only the pulley bearing locked up and the internals are still OK that is much simpler since the system should still be clean.
Otherwise, if the compressor is internally trashed, you're looking at a firewall forward replacement of components. Only things that can be saved, after flushing, is the evaporator, manifold, and maybe some straight lines (though those should be replaced because the rubber is weakening). Condenser, OT, accumulator, and any lines with filters or mufflers have to go.
I'm hoping only the bearing was seized as MK pointed out.
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