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I just had the car looked at today & it was the A/C compressor. Now here's the kicker.
They said it is the clutch & they need to replace the whole compressor. They need to remove & replace all the gas (freon) & then put in a dye to look for leaks.
I asked if they can just replace the clutch & they said they could, but, they would need to remove the compressor to disassemble it to replace the clutch. The same amount of work , if not more. They want $600 CDN for the job if I supply a compressor.

Anyone know if I have any other options?
 

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Just remove the AC then.....you don't need that and you will have more power. I'm thinking of doing that soon..........but that's not what you wanna hear, I guess.....Did you brought the car at the dealer or to your mechanic? That seems alot just for labor.....I would look around for a better price......unless that's the best you found then I would just live without the AC.
 

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Is this whining noise with the A/C only on or both?
 

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you can replace the clutch and pully with a 2 prong pully puller.

Orget rid of it and put a super charger on it :)
 

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dakotaquadsport said:
Is this whining noise with the A/C only on or both?
It makes noise when the heater dial is in only certain positions. When the fan & heater (air) dial is off, no noise at all. I haven't actually ran the car with the air on yet, but I have tried it & it does't work anymore.

I bought the car in Nov. & the air workrd then. It started making noise in Jan. with the heat on. When I located the noise at the A/C I tried it & it stopped blowing cold. When I had the heat blowing in the "vent" position, no noise. When its on the "feet" or "feet & front defrost" position, it makes noise.
 

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It makes noise when the heater dial is in only certain positions. When the fan & heater (air) dial is off, no noise at all. I haven't actually ran the car with the air on yet, but I have tried it & it does't work anymore.

I bought the car in Nov. & the air workrd then. It started making noise in Jan. with the heat on. When I located the noise at the A/C I tried it & it stopped blowing cold. When I had the heat blowing in the "vent" position, no noise. When its on the "feet" or "feet & front defrost" position, it makes noise.
I know the defrost position runs the A/C to dehumidify the air coming in from outside. It's possible the "feet" position does, too, since there is a small amount of air that still goes to the defroster vents.

As to your problem - you CAN change just the clutch on the A/C unit and it DOES NOT require a complete disassembly of the A/C to do it. You can leave the A/C lines hooked up and charged while removing the compressor from it's mount. You then turn it on end (with the clutch pointing up) and replace the clutch. I've done this on my 1G Concorde and, as far as I've been able to tell, it works the same on the 2G's (at least the FSM instructions are the same). The clutch ran $80 at the parts store. If you have someone else do it I can't imagine it taking more than 2 hours of labor (~$100-150 + the part) unless they have a major problem with the shims. I was able to reuse the originals so it was easy ...
 

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Is this whining a bad thing? lol

Seriously, my A/C compressor has always made a whinging sound in the RPM range of 1500-2200. My air is working so should i be concerned?

*Done Hijack*
 

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My '93 TSi makes a whining/whirring sound when I use the A/C compressor too. It's not bad, seems to do it mainly when I start going, and then I can hear it a little when I'm crusing. A/C works fine though, blows nice COLD air. I just got the car a week ago though, so I don't know how long it's been doing it. Hoping it's not a problem.
 

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is the noise you hear almost like a hissing sound from the vents. I had this problem and I thought it was my compressor, then I talked to a Chrysler factory trainer and he told me to check the freon r134a level because the compressor makes this noise when low on freon. sure enough it was low and once i recharged the system the noise went away. cost me a $5 can of freon since i already had the kit. might be something you want to try before wasting all that money
 

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Anyone have a quickie how-to for adding 134a to the ac system using one of those disposable kits that AutoZone carries? What about compressor oil??
 

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just connect the guage to low pressure side of the ac system. it is the hose the runs along the passenger side of the engine compartment right next to the strut tower. there is a test port sticking out of it, this is where the guage goes. run the car for 3 mins with the a/c on high before testing. the gauge is pretty much self explanitory. if i remember correctly you want to be in the blue region but double check the instruction on the kit.
 
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