Easy Installation of your Vehicle’s A/C Compressor Repair Kit
If lately you've been having problems with your vehicle's air-conditioning, then there might be a problem with your A/C system. If you are suspecting that there is a refrigerant leak, then the usual culprit for this problem is a worn-out A/C compressor. When this happens to you, it is important that you take action and fix it immediately. You can readily purchase an A/C compressor repair kit online, and install it within the comforts of your home. All you need to do is to prepare the tools that you need, and follow this easy installation guide.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Open-ended wrench
- Screwdriver set
- Oil or lubricant
- Clean cloth and rags
- A/C compressor repair kit
Step 1: Open the hood of your vehicle. Make sure that it has fully cooled down to avoid getting burnt. Locate your vehicle's A/C compressor. You may refer to your owner's manual in case you are not familiar.
Step 2: Remove the A/C belt from the compressor pulley. You might need to loosen the belt tensioner if necessary.
Step 3: Evacuate the A/C system using a refrigerant recovery machine. Next, disconnect the negative battery cable carefully. It is important that you wear protective glasses and closed shoes to avoid any accidents.
Step 4: Remove the bolt that holds the refrigerant lines to the A/C compressor. Check the lines for signs of contamination and wearing out, such as rust and excessive dirt. Clean the area first before proceeding with the installation.
Step 5: Disconnect any electrical connectors from the compressor. Unbolt and remove the compressor from the vehicle. Set it aside and assess if it can still be reused.
Step 6: Install the new A/C compressor. Check if you need to replace the orifice tube and the receiver as well.
Step 7: Install the mounting bolts and tighten them carefully based on specifications. Reconnect any electrical connectors to the compressor.
Step 8: Replace the o-rings and lubricate them with oil. Re-install the refrigerant lines and the A/C belt to the compressor. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Step 9: Evacuate air in the A/C system using an A/C servicing machine. Pull a vacuum on the system to check if there are any leaks.
Step 10: Check the temperature by inserting a thermometer into the center of the A/C register. It should read at least 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn on the engine to check if there is cold air coming from the air flow duct.
Just like that, your A/C compressor is now as good as new. It would take you at least an hour to complete the installation, but it would be easier if you have an assistant to help you. Once you are done installing your new compressor, make it a point to check the condition of your A/C system and replace your air filter once in a while to ensure that it will always be in good condition. Take time to check for leaks and keep your refrigerant filled as well.