Just had the car (95 Caprice) in a shop to confirm what I pretty much thought. I've noticed for a while now little drips of yellow colored oil on the bottom of the Compressor. then the other day after backing out that there was a lot of Clear colored oil on the floor and thought it may be from the compressor. The shop confirmed it's leaking around the seal near the clutch and it's time to replace. The odd thing is the air still works and blows ICE Cold. But the wife did say it stopped once and then started working again....weird.
They wanted about $700 for all the parts and labor to do this all including a new orfice tube, Dryer, and the manifold hose that goes on the back. when you add up all the parts and their labor, that seems fair, but I know I can most likely do it for 1/2 of that and then just pay them to evac the system and charge it for about $100. not really interested in picking up gauges and all and doing the recharge myself so will just job that out. He did say it wont hurt to drive it as the compressor shouldn't lock up or anything, it just wont work anymore.
So if I order the parts myself, what/who would you guys recommend?? I found these guys recommended in the Sticky and spoke with Tim there....
COMP HD6 PV6 5in 12V 10:00 VIII. W/O SWITCH
He was very helpful and recommended everything I needed and has a kit (not listed on the site) he can sell me which will include Compressor, Dryer, Otube, Oring kit and oil for $223. This is a China Compressor and he has the AC Delco for another $80 but to his credit really said there is not much difference in either or that "they both seem to have the same failure rates" and just recommended the aftermarket unit. He also feels most failures are from users not flushing out the junk. Years ago I may have opted for the more expensive Delco part, but recently it seems AC delco is not what it used to be when it comes to replacement parts. What's your thought on this or do you all have any other recommendations? Any other online vendors I should consider to save some cash? Any other things to consider replacing and while doing this myself??
I will check the orfice tube for debris but suspect it's fine and just the compressor seal leaked. So it may not really need to be flushed out. Tim said if it does, he was not familiar with Kooler Klean product but said the AUTOACFORUM.COM had good info on the proper method to flush out the system. The shop that checked the system did also recommend that I replace the manifold hose set that attaches to the back of the Compressor. Do you also agree with that, his cost on that was only $48 so it seems like a no brainer to do this as well. Will also take apart all the connections and replace ALL the ORings in the system.
Appreciate ANY and ALL feedback you guys may offer as I need to get these ordered in a few days and get my AC back up to snuff. Thx.