DIY repairs possible?

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DIY repairs possible?

Post by MikeT » 15 May 2008, 11:22

I have a seized compressor (believed to have last been used in 2002) and who knows what other faults in the A/C system that I would like to repair, if possible.

Considering it contains a pressurised refrigerent that people tell me is illegal to dump to atmosphere, are there any DIY options?

Is it possible to repair without having to evacuate the gas first?

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Post by CitroJim » 15 May 2008, 13:09

Depends on what is seized and what type it is.

Whatever, don't just let the gas out. It's rather risky to do on account of how cold everyting becomes whilst the gas is leaking away. The cold is the risk as it can burn and cause frostbite. It really does get incredibly cold. Despite the R-134a gas being ozone safe and non-toxic it's still considered to be rather naughty to release it into the atmosphere.

If the compressor is a Harrison/Delphi and it's the clutch that is seized, you must use the special tool to extract the pulley and clutch. I've tried and there is no other way. They're not easy to fabricate either.

I believe the clutch on the other variety (name escapes me at the moment) is a tad easier to remove and a suitable puller is a lot easier to fabricate than it is for the Delphi machine.

If the compressor has not run since 2002 it is likely to be pretty much a write-off. I reckon you're still best off to obtain a compressor from a recently scrapped car that has been very recently depollouted (i.e. the R-134a has been evacuated)

Hve yours professionally evacuated before changing the compressor. I dod a DIY evacuation once. Something I shall not be doing again, I can tell you!

EDIT: Yes, if you are just replacing a clutch/pulley, no need to evacuate!

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Post by MikeT » 16 May 2008, 15:02

Cheers Jim, I'll have to wait until the car is mobile again before I can get it evacuated. I don't know how to test the clutch for seizure and even if I did repair it I don't know if the rest of the compressor is any good or how to test that either so will probably go for a used working one and just replace it. That itself may be a gamble as there's more to an A/C system than just the compressor, as you know. At least I've got time to think about it. :wink:

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Post by KennyW » 13 Jun 2008, 20:50

Hi Mike,

You pump will be a delphi/harrison compressor like mine and to remove the clutch requires a special tool which can be purchase if you so wish!!!!!

Kenny W

p.s. Part no 1135290 try this company for air con stuff Autokool

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