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Old 05-29-2003, 10:30 AM   #1
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so the a/c compressor on the legacy turbo died last night while running the defroster

the clutch was smoking and glowing :wow:

basically new compressor is $350, $50/lb for r-12 (need 2lbs) . dealer thinks I might need a receiver/driver which is $120.

However, the r-134a retrofit kit includes new receiver dryer - $220 list for the kit.

if i do need a new receiver/drier - it costs only $70 more to convert to r-134a.

labor will be 1.5 hrs for just compressor, 2-3 for r-134a which includes compressor removal.

so, what do you all recommend?

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Old 05-29-2003, 02:34 PM   #2
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If I was in your situation Id remove and install the hardware myself and then take it back for the charge.
I belive there is a compressor on ebay for the 2.2 for 125 plus shipping.

On a side note, did you notice it was going? Was it doing weird stuff? Right now my ac gets warm when i bring the car to a stop, if I do want cold air at a stoplght I have to shift to neutral and run the engine at 2k.

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Old 05-29-2003, 10:18 PM   #3
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You might check with Import Auto Salvage for a compressor:
800-962-8922 (ask for Becky).

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Old 05-29-2003, 11:03 PM   #4
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turned compressor a little to the left after work. now it engages again... hmm.

just needs lube or something...

thanks for the heads up on the ebay compressor. Not sure if its right one or not. Subaru had many different a/c system designs 90-94 using all different parts.

I'll keep an eye on it for now.

thanks,

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Old 05-30-2003, 09:06 AM   #5
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I suggest you read this
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=359032

You should replace the a/c compressor, whether you get a new one or used one.....that's up to you.

You should also flush the lines clean with some flush/compressed air.

As I mentioned in my conversion post, you'll need a new receiver/dryer too.
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Old 05-30-2003, 01:07 PM   #6
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yep.

the factory kit lists for $220 which does include new receiver/drier specific for r-134a. it also includes PAG oil.

So, I guess I could just get the factory r-134a receiver/drier and O-rings. Its about $100.

the front and rear sections of the condensor to receiver/drier are only $40 a section.
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Old 05-30-2003, 07:18 PM   #7
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Just go to the local autoparts store get a new receiver/dryer from the local autoparts store, get a used compressor and do what I posted.
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:14 PM   #8
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The local auto parts store should have it but if the local auto parts store doesnt have it then check another local auto parts store

You think some debri stopped the compressor from running the first time?
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you need two of them damn receiver/dryers
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"so, what do you all recommend?"

Taking it out completely!!!
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Old 06-02-2003, 08:55 AM   #11
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parts stores doesn't sell Calsonic compressors

dealer parts book says to use '91 compressor. Which is cool, cause its actually cheaper.

bearing is growling now - though it still cycles. But I'm afraid that clutch will just not engage again.

So, I don't know where to go a new a/c clutch.

I'm working on getting a dealer to evacuate the system.
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Old 06-04-2003, 09:32 PM   #12
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picked up a 73008aa710 compressor kit from Exeter Subaru.

Kit has everything - hoses, bolts, labels, compressor, idler pulleys, and brackets.

Really quite a value @ 429.95

it comes with two suction hoses - one for non-turbo cars, and one for turbo cars. figuring out which would be easy via the diagram if things were numbered correctly

oh well, pure joy and be glad in it.

I'll take photos saturday. should take a about an hour - 1.5 hrs to get things swapped.

it will need a 24 and 30 mm wrench for the suction hose.
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Old 06-04-2003, 09:52 PM   #13
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What are the differences in the hoses between turbo and not? Is the non turbo straight while the turbo one has a funky elbow?
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Old 06-04-2003, 10:31 PM   #14
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perhaps

i have a funky curved one in there now.

but they are designed for compressor 73011aa200 which is discountinued.
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Old 06-07-2003, 09:41 PM   #15
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Funky hose w/ a kink keeps heat from turbro's downpipe offf of the suction hose.

a/c kit = thumbs up.

had a few snags.

remember to remove guide pins on the receiver/drier lines.

you gotta remove the radiator supports and move radiator and condesnor to put new high pressure line on.

one bolt of the old bracket took some threads out of the block

replacement expansion valve on the new kit is on the hose itself. You must move the spark plug wire guides to get clearnace.

Alternator needed a little tweeking to fit the new bracket.

belt cover is a tight fit around new compressor.

retrot kit = thumbs up. calls for 23oz charge - put in 24.

was blowing 40 degrees max a/c w/ fan on 4. can't for for the summer with female riders

all in all, it took 3 hrs.
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