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ike529az
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Mar 28, 2012, 6:39 PM

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I need an ac compressor for my 2003 hyundai sonata that I just bought. It has a 2.4 liter engine - 114,00 miles
I see lots of them on EBay from$100 w/free shipping to $400. This is my first contact with this issue.
My mechanic will install it for me. He sold me the car. I don't want to spend a lot because of the mileage on the car.
What should I look for in buying one? Most of the ones from salvage sites and Ebay don't have pictures - they just show you the car they're coming from.
I saw one particular one for $100 w/clutch - pully -free shipping w/6 mos. warranty.
They are not refurbished or re-manufactured. What would you do if this were your car? Thanks.


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Mar 28, 2012, 6:53 PM

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You get what you pay for. Is that warranty in writing? If that compressor grenades, your going to have a huge mess and I bet your going to have a hard time trying to get your money back for the compressor. If it blows, who pays the labor claim and for all the parts to repair the system? Is your mechanic certified and owns or works at licensed repair shop?





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ike529az
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Mar 28, 2012, 6:55 PM

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so what would you do - what guidelines would you suggest - wouldn't want to go in and buy most expensive one for a car with 114k miles - willing to compromise - what amount is reasonable for a decent one? Where to find?


My mechanic is certified and owns his shop.


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Mar 28, 2012, 7:05 PM

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I'd spend the extra money and get a new good quality compressor. As long as your mechanic works and is repairing your vehicle at a licensed repair facility, they should warranty parts and labor for a year. When you buy your own parts they don't honor a warranty if something goes wrong that wasn't their fault.

If your going to repair an AC system, you want to do it right. When a compressor blows up, it gets really really expensive fast, so you don't want to skimp on a compressor.

What happened to the old compressor?





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ike529az
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Mar 28, 2012, 7:14 PM

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Its in the car - he said its not taking freon


Discretesignals
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Mar 28, 2012, 7:24 PM

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Was the system low when you took it into the shop?





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ike529az
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Mar 28, 2012, 7:31 PM

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i'm not sure what that means - I bought it a week ago - we had warm weather - turned on AC - only warm air came out so I took it in to his shop.
I think I agree with you about just letting him get and install a new one so I have the warranty - he uses Napa - He has always given me a fair shake - 7 years.
This is a touchy case because he just sold me the car. I got a good deal on it from him for $2500 but I can't see how this new compressor with parts and labor won't be less than $750.


Discretesignals
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Mar 28, 2012, 7:56 PM

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That's one thing about AC work on vehicles, it's expensive and has to be done correctly. That's why your really taking a chance sticking used parts on or short cutting procedures during ac repair. If something goes wrong, you end up paying double.

Just like one of the mods said on here, sure you can bandaid it and get it to work, but is it still going to be working 6 months down the road?

Besides if the vehicle is taken care of, you shouldn't have any problems getting it to 200,000.





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Mar 28, 2012, 8:32 PM

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You really need to listen to the advice you are being given. A/C repairs are very non-forgiving. It requires a lot of knowledge and experience to first recognize what caused the failure in the first place and also realize just what new damage that the compressor has caused. Failing to do either of those thing thoroughly and properly will cause a very early failure that will double the price of the original repair to fix. You can't just simply drop a compressor in there and think it's going to survive.




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Mar 29, 2012, 8:35 AM

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I deleted your response that you posted in an entirely different category. Make all your responses to this thread.




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Mar 29, 2012, 10:51 AM

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Didn't read nor need to this whole thread. Used! Good luck. Even reman stuff stinks. This isn't a cheap sport and if you cant take it get out of the kitchen!

Tom




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