Replacing truck AC compressor

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  1. xls177

    xls177 Member

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    I need to Replacing 98 ford f150 AC compressor

    Anybody done this before?
    What do i need in addition to a compressor?
    I see kits and accumulators O rings and PAG oil
    Not sure what all is needed

    Also is there a brand or store that's recommended to buy from?
    I see universal and global brands. New and re manufactured ones

    Thanks
     
  2. jsaund22

    jsaund22 Ninjaneering Computers

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    Assuming the old compressor went bad, you'll definitely need the accumulator. There's also usually an orifice somewhere in the line that has a small screen in it - you'll need to replace that. (The assumption is that if the old compressor goes bad, the system has microscopic particles of metal in it.) New O-rings and the PAG oil, as well as the refrigerant.

    And you'll need a vacuum pump so you can pull a vacuum on the system for charging.

    I did this on my 2003 Silverado 2500HD, and honestly I didn't save that much as opposed to just taking it to an AC repair shop. I just like doing things myself, and we have a vacuum pump, so...I did it myself.

    I think I saved maybe $200 or $250 by doing it myself. I'm getting to the point in my life where spending an entire weekend day doing something like that isn't worth saving a couple of hundred bucks to me.
     

  3. rmodel65

    rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    You need to flush they system, replace the dryer, replace the orifice tube as stated above. Pull a deep vacuum then replace the r134a along with the oil for the system etc
     
  4. rmodel65

    rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    Check www.rockauto.com for parts buy motorcraft and go to retailmenot.com to get a rockauto discount code
     
  5. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    Rockauto is an excellent place. Had to replace the compressor and such on a 98 Camaro. Local parts stores wanted $300 or so, IIRC from about 5 years back. Rock auto got me all I needed to my door for about $175. Good quality parts that fit and worked.

    Nemo
     
  6. xls177

    xls177 Member

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    So cost wise
    compressor kits seem to run about 200.00 or less
    How much is freon cost approximatley?

    Quotes from mechanics i'm getting are between 825 and 900.00
     
  7. rmodel65

    rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    freon is about 5-8$ a can
     
  8. Savannah Dan

    Savannah Dan Cross-drawer

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    Sometimes you can borrow AC gauges and a vacuum pump from an auto parts store.
     
  9. mog

    mog Active Member

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    I've bought a complete kit several times on ebay. Cheapest place and has everything you need in one box, including oil. Warrantied but I've never had to warranty one.
     
  10. mog

    mog Active Member

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  11. mdlott

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    I've done a 96 F150. Make sure you flush the lines, evaporator and condenser coils. Not that difficult of a job.
     
  12. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    I've done it before, but it never worked as well as the original.
     
  13. xls177

    xls177 Member

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    Anybody know where i can get a better price on getting this done around metro area?