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This is a discussion on bad AC compressor within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; my car was making a horrible noise from the engine bay and it turns out to be that my compressor ...

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    bad AC compressor

    my car was making a horrible noise from the engine bay and it turns out to be that my compressor is shot and leaking oil
    now i know i can get a used one cheaper but the "mechanic" told me i had to replace evrerything else along that has to do with the AC system such as the accumulator(the silver thing???)
    he says this because the filtration traps all the dirt and it might mess up the new compressor
    is this true?
    and he says he wants about 350 for just labor!!!!
    what do u guys think?
    thanks
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    The silver thing that you are referring to is the accumulator/drier. The condensor is in front of the radiator/same width as the radiator. It is reccomended to replace the accumulator/drier, orifice tube, and flush the condensor and evaporator to make sure there is no debris from the compressor floating around to damage the new compressor.

    Labor sounds in the neighborhood because on average a full A/C job like that parts and labor runs very close to $1K.

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    why dont u do it save money. after u finsh just go back to the shop and get refilled.i did it on my 90 maro

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    Quote Originally Posted by camaross19973 View Post
    why dont u do it save money. after u finsh just go back to the shop and get refilled.i did it on my 90 maro
    thats what im thinking of doing bc im nowhere near spending $400 on AC that i dont even use
    Quote Originally Posted by OreoLt1 View Post
    The silver thing that you are referring to is the accumulator/drier. The condensor is in front of the radiator/same width as the radiator. It is reccomended to replace the accumulator/drier, orifice tube, and flush the condensor and evaporator to make sure there is no debris from the compressor floating around to damage the new compressor.

    Labor sounds in the neighborhood because on average a full A/C job like that parts and labor runs very close to $1K.
    thanks for clearing that up
    im gonna try to get my hands on a used system thats running fine and go from there

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    If you don't use the A/C at all you may look into an a/c delete pulley and bracket. I've heard of a few using this or fabbing their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoLt1 View Post
    If you don't use the A/C at all you may look into an a/c delete pulley and bracket. I've heard of a few using this or fabbing their own.
    seeing as he has a LS1, then just removing the AC belt will delete it from the system. the LS1 motors have a separate belt for the AC.

    you have a LT1 which is all on one belt.

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    Good point mrr23. I wasn't thinking when I posted earlier. I have an LS1 also just never changed my user name. Thanks for the correction

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoLt1 View Post
    Good point mrr23. I wasn't thinking when I posted earlier. I have an LS1 also just never changed my user name. Thanks for the correction

    in your UserCP you can input your car, like i did. then, it will show up under your board name on the left.

    if you desire, you can have your board name changed.

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