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2004 Jeep ac compressor

Discussion in 'Grand Cherokee' started by Nated0323, Jan 3, 2021.

  1. Jan 3, 2021 at 1:34 PM
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    Nated0323

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    Hello. Question about my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0L w about 113k.. Recently starting making some noise under the hood in the front end. I could tell it was coming from a pulley or something around that area. Went to a Jeep mechanic last week that I’ve used a few times and he came out with his stethoscope and said it’s the ac compressor that’s bad, also needs a news tensioner and belt. Called me the next day with a price of $800+ !! I don’t know much about cars besides the basic brake/oil changes. I wasn’t expecting a price anywhere near that. He told me it’s a little bit of work to swap the compressor out. Told me to plan on leaving the car for a full day, possibly a second day. That also seems like a lot of time to do the work. Does any of this sound normal? Is this work that I can do myself ? I’m definitely going to get a second opinion. I just don’t want to attempt to do the work myself and get stuck halfway through and not be able to finish and have to tow to a shop and lose a day of work. Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. Jan 3, 2021 at 2:44 PM
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    I think the price is good for the work involved especially when the a/c work is involved. Mechanic has to recover/vac/recharge the a/c system, compressor, tensioner and belt. Perhaps you can remove the compressor and related parts and/or order the new/rebuilt compressor.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2021 at 3:26 PM
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    So if I’m reading correctly you’re saying that I could possibly do all the work but I would need someone to recharge the system afterwards..? Is it a matter of just buying a recharge can from the storing and recharging it that way or would there be more to it than that ? Thanks
     
  4. Jan 3, 2021 at 3:27 PM
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    The price seems high to me I replaced the compressor myself after I had the Freon recovered put my new compressor on took it back and recharge my system I had less than $200 getting my system charged that’s not counting the compressor that I purchased from rockauto.com I think it was less than 175.$ for compressor. The compressor is easy to replace it’s just having the system vacuum down and re-charged
     
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  5. Jan 3, 2021 at 3:30 PM
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    How do you recover the freon? Is that a pain in the ass or not too bad? I’m sure there are videos on YouTube
     
  6. Jan 3, 2021 at 4:49 PM
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    Do not use the all-in-one quick-fix recharge cans after spending time and money installing the new compressor. Use the correct refrigerant for best results. DIY is possible but be prepared for evacuate>leaks>vacuum>charging of the system correctly. Otherwise get professional a/c work performed
     
  7. Jan 3, 2021 at 4:52 PM
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    Releasing freon is an environmental and legal concern. A shop that will recharge your system may be able to arrange for recovering the old freon before you proceed.
     
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  8. Jan 3, 2021 at 5:06 PM
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    It’s the same Machine they use to charge the system as they use to vacuum system
     
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  9. Jan 4, 2021 at 5:57 PM
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    Ok thanks everyone. Not sure if I’ll have time or the patience to attempt the work myself, so I may get a couple more estimates.
     
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