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Old 09-28-2012, 01:09 PM
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Opinions please on AC repair quote

Hello all,

This is my first post after having jumped ship from my hugely expensive to maintain 03 Range Rover to my 07 EB Expedition and so far loving this truck!

I felt that the AC was just not cool enough...ok for a 80 degree day, but not quite up to it on a Texas 100 degreee day. I have just taken it in to an independent to diagnose the problem and they have come back with a heart stopping $2169 estimate!

They are saying that the receiver (which is part of the condenser on this vehicle) has broken and taken out the compressor, therefore requiring:

Compressor Kit: Compressor, Condensor, Expansion valve front / rear
Parts total: $1187.50
Labor total: $883.60

Should I get another opinion? Any thoughts suggestions ?

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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Never a bad idea to get a second quote. One thing that sounds fishy is that they are saying the compressor has failed. If that was the case, far as I ever knew, compressors either worked or didn't if it wasn't a low coolant issue. If you post up your area then maybe you'll get some responses on reputable trusted places to go get that second opinion.
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Hey Pgonza,

Thanks for the quick reply. I am in Austin, TX

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Thing is if receiver failed, it released the particulate inside it to the whole system. That would contaminate the entire system compressor included. Suprised the quote didn't include an evaporator core as well. Labor probably about right. They would have to completely disassemble the dash to get at it if I'm not mistaken. Parts seem high tho'
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What has happened is that the desiccant bag inside the receiver/dryer has ruptured. The desiccant is tiny granules, much like sand, and has spread through the entire AC system.
The desiccant is abrasive and has certainly done damage to the compressor, even if it is still working. The desiccant can't be cleaned from the compressor without fully disassembling it.
Much of the labor will include flushing the entire system, front and rear, to remove the desiccant. This requires removing any metering devices, as they can't be flushed through. Removal of the rear expansion valve requires removing much of the rear interior.

Unfortunately, that price is about right for the job. The parts are a bit high, but the labor is a bit low, IMHO. I would expect to see the 2 figures roughly reversed. All in all, the bottom line is the same.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:57 AM
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Thanks lsrx101, that description seems right on the money and similar to what the shop told me. Unfortunatley the car is As Is, No Warranty so I have to start saving!
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