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Compressor shelf life?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:51 pm
by Dave in Texas
10+ years ago I bought an NOS York compressor manufactured in '75 for my '81 F100. (York factory tag reads: No. M1120857 R210L #16753 MFD 04-75)
For one reason or another I never had a need to use it. Drained 4¼oz clear/Brown oil from it today. Shaft turns w/wrench and makes compression.
Any reason I shouldn't add oil and install it?
My reason for using is to replace new comp that is making a LOT of noise. Worried it is faulty. Seemed to work kinda ok, but at high RPM really makes bad sounds.
Not sure how much oil to put in the NOS unit. Recent rebuild w/new evap/accum/conds/orfice tube and AC worked at idle but only managed to get to the high 50°s. My hoses have cut-offs at the compressor so I can isolate/change easy enough.
I've heard these bad noises before but only after years/years of use. Bad noises from new comp on day #1 after start, is very worrisome.
Help/advice very much appreciated. Thanks.

Re: Compressor shelf life?

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:16 pm
by Cusser
I don't see any reason not to use it.

Re: Compressor shelf life?

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:06 am
by admp
The most important factor to a compressor’s shelf life is a positive holding charge. Holding charge is usually dry air, but nitrogen is used in some situations. The function of the holding charge is to keep moisture from infiltrating the compressor and oxidizing the internal components. Therefore, as long as a compressor maintains a positive holding charge, the shelf life of the compressor will be maintained.

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