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1998 Trans Am A/C problem

This is a discussion on 1998 Trans Am A/C problem within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; So last summer eveerytime i turned my a/c on it made a loud noise as if a card was in ...

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    1998 Trans Am A/C problem

    So last summer eveerytime i turned my a/c on it made a loud noise as if a card was in the spokes of a bike so bad that to a couple points when the car was idling and i turned the a/c on the car would shut off. when i turned it on and gave the car throttle the a/c made weird loud noises like it was gonna blow. it sounded awful. well this year my a/c isnt blowing cold and i bought a bottle to fill it up and the bottle said it had the r134a in it so idk what else it can be...helpp leather seats kill mee!!

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    your compressor has

    If you do this your self you will be looking at more then just the compressor. When mine blew in my 96' I had metal fragments from the compressor to the in-line filter. That was the only thing that saved the components on the inside of the car. I had to replace the dryer, condenser and the hoses in between because I could not flush out all of the metal.


    All the parts are not cheap. The compressor is the most expensive.


    If you go to a mechanic expect prices around the $1200 price range.

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    you can disconnect the belt that runs the a/c. this will keep any drag off the motor and you will still be able to run your heat when needed.

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    All of these are from gmpartsdirect

    Compressor: $ 395
    Condenser: $225
    Ac hoses, compressor to condenser:$ 58

    There's more but without seeing exactly all that has metal fragments in them I can't post prices.

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    i have some a/c parts still from when i deleted my a/c and heat. Dont have the comperssor but still have just about everything else left. Ill be back at my house this weekend and if youd like ill take a look at what i got and let you know.

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    please let me know,,,,and do i really have to replace all of this? mannnn.........

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    no problem man ill be back in friday night so ill check it out saturday and let you know

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    my a/c compressor just went out in my car...the compressor clutch locked up and fortunately directly after that the belt broke so i didnt even have to unhook it...but i only had about 30 miles on it after it started acting up and i kept the a/c turned off...and i just ordered a used compressor off of ebay which hopefully will be in tomorrow and i'll have a/c again by the end of the weekend...i'm hoping i dont have to replace all that either now that ive read this but maybe since my belt broke so quick i wont have to.

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    just got back in man and checked out what i got, everything but the compressor is there. Ill clean it up and get some pics to you tomorrow bro.

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    heres what i got, hit me up if ya need ne of it bro











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    op also check in the parts for sale section there are a couple of guys parting out and they may have a compressor still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    op also check in the parts for sale section there are a couple of guys parting out and they may have a compressor still.
    im sorry for the late reply but yes i am interested in the parts.....how much?

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    ive got a compressor, works great. im selling it for 80 bucks if you want it, as well as all the other parts, but i see someone allready posted his for sale. just PM me if you want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90ARAPAJ View Post
    im sorry for the late reply but yes i am interested in the parts.....how much?
    were you replying to me bro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudStainKILLA View Post
    were you replying to me bro?
    yes sir yes i was lol

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    allright bro, well i still have the parts i showed you above, what you need man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudStainKILLA View Post
    allright bro, well i still have the parts i showed you above, what you need man?
    well they said i need a new compressor because my compressor has metal in it and they said it needs to be flushed out new lines and shit so u tell me

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    you'll need everything that is posted in #10 plus a new compressor. Did they tell you if the metal got past the inline filter that I spoke about? If so then you'll need to flush the components that go on the inside cabin as well. Those are big enough that flushing them should be all that is needed. It's the hoses, condenser and dryer that never really get's the metal out. That's why I recommend replace instead of flushing.

    It sux!! I know I've been there. I feel your pain. Ii had to do it to my 96' In TX not having A/C is not an option ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    you'll need everything that is posted in #10 plus a new compressor. Did they tell you if the metal got past the inline filter that I spoke about? If so then you'll need to flush the components that go on the inside cabin as well. Those are big enough that flushing them should be all that is needed. It's the hoses, condenser and collector that never really get's the metal out. That's why I recommend replace instead of flushing.

    It sux!! I know I've been there. I feel your pain. i had to do it to my 96' In TX not having A/C is not an option ever.
    yes well i need everything they said its gonna be about 1300 dollars

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    If you get the parts will the install them for you?


    I think last time I saw this post gmpartsdirect and rock auto beat the parts stores by a huge margin on what you need.

    Yep I just check post 4 for prices.

    I STRONGLY recommend do not get a used compressor. Yes they are cheap, Yes, you can get them easy BUT....you open yourself up to doing the same work/cost sooner then later when compared to a new one.

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