A/C Compressor Needed?


Old 05-31-09, 08:29 AM
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A/C Compressor Needed?

Exactly a year ago, I brought my 'Camry '98' to the shop because of weak-blowing a/c. At that time, a tech told me NO-need of A/C Compressor but giving a warning me to get it fix the next time with cost of around $1,000.

Now, the a/c works fine but a minimum level of cold/cool air coming from the vents even I put 'High/maximum.'

Should I bring it back to the shop, ... or else I should shop around to get a second opinion?

Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old 05-31-09, 09:11 AM
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I'm not an expert, but before shelling out $1000, it amy be a good idea to go somewhere else. It may just need a recharge of the r134a or freon.
Old 05-31-09, 09:43 AM
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If it is putting out cool air, it doesn't sound as if the compressor is bad, but that your charge of R134a, like NOP said, is low. You possibly have a leak in the system, and most recharges have an indicator dye in them so you can detect the leak. That is not to say fixing the leak may cost a little money, but hopefully not $1000.
Old 05-31-09, 02:08 PM
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Is this a lack of airflow or a not cold airflow problem?????......If the VOLUME of air coming from the vents is the problem, checking the blower motor/resistor/ switch is the direction to head......not the compressor. (also check for restriction in the plenum where the evap core and the blower motor live)
If it's a "not as cold as it used to be problem"........as stated, check for leaks......MAY be the compressor, but there are many ways refrigerant can find to get out of a system

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