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Thanksgiving Day is over. Then why are you still roasting like a turkey inside your car? If you can't afford a new compressor, or much less have a replacement done at your dealer, then we've got something to cool things down for you-a remanufactured A/C Compressor. This type of compressor is much more affordable than any other brands out there-thanks to the process of remanufacturing. Simply put, what we suggest are totally rebuilt compressors. And here's how it's done: an old, busted compressor is stripped apart, cleaned all over, and then brought back to tiptop condition. Each of the compressor's faulty components is replaced with brand-new parts while known failure issues are resolved by installing upgrades. The final result is a compressor that's much more durable than one that's new! There's no point in bearing all the heat. It'll get much worse once hotter days set in, especially for your kids. If you think you're doing them a favor by cutting your maintenance budget, well, you're not. Heard of this recent report from Japan about two young boys who were left sleeping in the car by their parents? Eleven hours later, they were found lifeless. They fell victim to heat stroke. If such an unfortunate incident can happen in a cold country, then how much more in the US? If you're living in hot places like Arizona, then you should definitely get your A/C fixed, or get a new or remanufactured one. Order an A/C Compressor and its parts from Auto Parts Warehouse now!
A Handy Guide to Shopping for a New A/C Compressor
The A/C compressor is an integral part of your automobile's air conditioning system. It compresses the low pressure gas that is cool and turns it into high pressure gas that is hot. This process is the first of several steps that are done to maintain a cool atmosphere inside your automobile.
What Should I Consider When Picking an A/C Compressor?
First, you should determine if your automobile uses R12 or R134a. The majority of vehicles that were manufactured in the early 90s and beyond use R134a, instead of the older and less earth-friendly R12. So, figure out which kind of system you have, because the mineral oil that is used in R12 cannot be used with R134a.
You should also check an automotive parts database to know the specific A/C compressor model that you need for your car.
When you finally know if your air conditioning system uses R12 or R134a and the exact A/C compressor model required in your vehicle, then you are now in a better position to select the right compressor for your automobile's A/C.
What Chemicals Does an A/C Compressor Use?
An A/C compressor uses refrigerants to do what they need to do. These refrigerants are fluids that are actually gases that have a low boiling point. These gases can transform from a liquid state into a solid state easily.
Before, the type of refrigerant normally used in A/C compressors is Freon. But, due to its negative effects on the ozone layer, ozone-friendly fluids have been developed and are now being used, instead.
What Can Be Done to Lengthen the Life of an A/C Compressor?
Since the A/C compressor is quite pricey, you need to do what you can to make sure it lasts as long as it can. To do so, you should regularly clean and change the air filter of your automobile. See to it that the filter you get is the right size, so it can fit perfectly in the intake vent. Air filters usually need to be replaced after 12 months or 12,000 miles.
How to Install a New A/C Compressor
(Note: These are general instructions for all types of automobiles.)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
- New A/C Compressor
- New O-rings
- A/C Machine
- Safety Glasses
- Lift the hood of your automobile and find your existing A/C compressor.
- Take the A/C belt out of the A/C compressor pulley.
- Clear the A/C system with the use of a refrigerant recovery machine.
- Detach the negative battery cable.
- Take out the bolt that holds refrigerant lines in the A/C compressor. Check A/C lines to see if they are dirty. When you see that there is too much dirt in them, you need to clean the A/C system.
- Detach all electrical connectors from your old A/C compressor.
- Take out the A/C connections and the bolts that keep your old A/C compressor in place. After that, you can now remove your existing A/C compressor.
- Put in your new A/C compressor.
- Secure your new A/C compressor by tightening the bolts that keep it in place.
- Connect all the electrical connectors to your new A/C compressor.
- Get the new O-rings to replace the old ones. Put the refrigerant lines and A/C belt back in the system.
- Get the negative battery cable connected to the A/C system again.
- Expel the air in the A/C system using an A/C servicing machine.
- Get hold of a vacuum on the system and pull it to see if there are leaks.
- If the A/C system holds the vacuum, charge it with an A/C servicing machine.
- Have a look at the A/C system sticker that is located under the hood to know the right amount and type of refrigerant and oil in the system.
- Place a thermometer in the middle of the A/C register.
- Turn your A/C system on while the engine is running to see if cool air is already going out of the air duct.
- If the thermometer reads between 30 and 36 degrees, then your A/C system is working correctly. You may also notice that your electric radiator fan and compressor clutch are cycling on and off in relation to the air temperature outside.