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Old 01-02-2013, 06:37 AM   #1
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Took the car in yesterday because after changing both belts to try and get rid of some intermittent squealing (usually after it rains) I now have permanent squealing. I have been getting by from spraying a little WD40 on the AC belt every morning and that keeps the squealing down for the trip to work. Shop i took it too looked it over and told me it needs a new AC compressor. Fair enough for 90k miles, but they quoted me $1500 which seems a little high to me. I was looking at gmpartsdirect and they have the compressors for $316. I was thinking of buying all the parts and holding on to them for a month or so until I can afford to pay the labor. What else would I need to buy? I would assume the clutch, clutch coil and pulley listed in the HVAC section as well?


3 more months and the car is paid off, 2 months after that my eye surgery is paid off. thats an extra $800 a month not coming out of my pocket. This WOULD happen now lol
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does the system still work, ie, do you have AC?

I would ensure that you have the tensioner and idler pulleys replaced or checked/greased before throwing in a new compressor if the system is just squealing.

I had to replace the tensioner at under 36K miles on my 06.

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Does the AC work otherwise? If it does you may not need a compressor, the idler and tensioner pulleys are a common source of noise and should be checked first. Pull the belt and spin them by hand, it should be obvious if they are bad.
edit- just a few seconds too slow with typing.
Anyway you get the idea, check those pulleys.
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AC still works.
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I think I have a compressor in my garage I'll sell for $170 the guy ermoved it because it was too much weight

My other thought woudl be can't you just replace the AC clutch assembly? That's where they normally make noise from
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My other thought woudl be can't you just replace the AC clutch assembly? That's where they normally make noise from

I was wondering that myself but don't know squat about cars anymore. Back when i was an idiot and messing up my last car (take something apart and see how it works) the AC was something I never messed with.
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take off the AC belt for a couple months =)
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take off the AC belt for a couple months =)

Did that a few minuets ago when I got home. Wont need AC for a few months.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #9
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Edit: your 316.00 price is better than I found.

I was going to pick one up then a local wrecked his car and I bought his used one for 150.00. I'd be surprised if you actually need one thou by your description of the fault.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #10
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I think I have a compressor in my garage I'll sell for $170 the guy ermoved it because it was too much weight

My other thought woudl be can't you just replace the AC clutch assembly? That's where they normally make noise from

There is a recent thread on here that detailed the procedure to swap the AC clutch bearing. It looks a lot easier to just buy a new compressor.
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There is a recent thread on here that detailed the procedure to swap the AC clutch bearing. It looks a lot easier to just buy a new compressor.

Compressor swap isn't bad at all, just get the system evac'd beforehand by a A/C shop; I just changed compressors this July after not having a working one for three Summers. If you need help Andrew give me a shout on the club forum, we'll save you a good chunk of that $1500.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:56 AM   #12
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Compressor swap isn't bad at all, just get the system evac'd beforehand by a A/C shop; I just changed compressors this July after not having a working one for three Summers. If you need help Andrew give me a shout on the club forum, we'll save you a good chunk of that $1500.

Will do. I got the cash for it now in my emergency fund but I refuse to use it for something I can do without for a few months.
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There is a recent thread on here that detailed the procedure to swap the AC clutch bearing. It looks a lot easier to just buy a new compressor.

Agreed. The OP even said it wasn't worth the time, trouble, and labor.

Easier to just buy a whole new assembly.

Check out rockauto.com.
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I would look at the tensioner and idler pulleys first. One began to squeal so i replaced them all and no squeal.
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You can gamble and get a used compressor on ebay for cheaper. Best price for a new AC Delco is at Amazon. Search part # 15-21469.

You should also technically replace the dryer and the expansion valve.

That being said, I bet your squeaking is from a pulley and/or belt.
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The belt was replaced 2 weeks ago so thats not it. I will try the two pulleys before I go any further. maybe in a week or so when I have time to screw around with it
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AC compressors have lasted on average 150000 in most of my cars.

My 04 GTO has 93000 and AC works fine.

They had you figured for a fool at 1500 $.
My money is on the idlers.
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AC compressors have lasted on average 150000 in most of my cars.

My 04 GTO has 93000 and AC works fine.

They had you figured for a fool at 1500 $.
My money is on the idlers.

The compressor in my GTO went out around 70k miles
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The compressor in my GTO went out around 70k miles

Mine went out at 60k. Bad luck I suppose.
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Mine went out at 60k. Bad luck I suppose.

Wow that sucks, so I should consider myself lucky then.
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My compressor went kaput at about 70k miles. I was quoted about $1500 as well. I bought a new OEM compressor, expansion valve, drier and condenser for about 1/2 the cost they quoted for the compressor alone. I did the labor myself, which was a PITD until I figured out what I was doing, and now have a working AC, 20k miles later.
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