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Replacing Kia a/c compressor - May 13, 2013, 11:51 AM

Looks like the clutch in the a/c compressor in my 06 Kia Sorento is locked up. I generally don't like working on cars/trucks so I took it to the local garage. They want $1200 to fix so I suddenly find myself liking to work on it. Junk yard in frederick has used compressors for $200, new aftermarket runs about $320. I'm leaning towards the used one. Any particularly good junk yards in the area that might have better deals or better warranties (frederick joint is 120 day warranty)?
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May 13, 2013, 12:08 PM

Try Crazyrays in Mt. Airy or Jessup. Pick and pull it yourself and will only run you about $40 for the compressor. Another benefit is getting a chance to take apart/break stuff before you try on your own vehicle, lol. If you have some free time, it's worth saving the extra money. No refunds, warranties or gaurentee though.

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Looks like the clutch in the a/c compressor in my 06 Kia Sorento is locked up. I generally don't like working on cars/trucks so I took it to the local garage. They want $1200 to fix so I suddenly find myself liking to work on it. Junk yard in frederick has used compressors for $200, new aftermarket runs about $320. I'm leaning towards the used one. Any particularly good junk yards in the area that might have better deals or better warranties (frederick joint is 120 day warranty)?

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May 13, 2013, 12:23 PM

Very cool, I didn't know there were junk yards that still worked that way. I will check them out. Thanks!
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Slow: The cheapest way to fix an A/C Compressor on a Kia is by replacing the Kia.



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May 13, 2013, 01:36 PM

Which means Kirkboy will not have any problems at all finding parts at the Junkyard, lol.

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Bah, I like this thing. Haven't needed much in 122k miles. Hmm, this may actually be the first repair... I can't immediately think of any other repairs so far. I do have some front rotors to put on but, at this mileage, I don't think that's unexpected.
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May 13, 2013, 06:29 PM

how do u know its locked? did the belt break? make sure test everything before you start working on it. i just did some ac work on my uncles Sorento.


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May 13, 2013, 06:39 PM

Honestly I haven't even opened the hood yet. I figured it just needed freon and I don't have the gauges so I took it to the local shop to get them to do it. They told me the clutch is locked. I will actually look at it before I do anything.
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how do u know its locked? did the belt break? make sure test everything before you start working on it. i just did some ac work on my uncles Sorento.
The AC compressor locks up can be many different reasons. It's easy to replace the compressor. But charging the system and also introducing the oil into the system is difficult if you don't have the machine.

I suggest you replacing the compressor on your own and having a shop charge the system.

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May 13, 2013, 06:54 PM

you have to do some testing. shop told my uncle that it needed a compressor, i checked it out and it was a very simple loose connection.


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May 13, 2013, 07:58 PM

Man I love kicking around junkyards! There used to be a bunch of u pull its here in NOVA on Rt 1 and in Manassas, but thanks to a certain group of people constantly stealing ish they are no longer u pull it yards. Kirkroy if you want some company when you go let me know!
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May 14, 2013, 05:27 AM

Yeah, I'll check it out further before I do anything. The mechanic did say he checked the electrical stuff and it has power but that the thing will not turn, even with some force. Planning to make a day of it with the wife at the jessup location and then doing something in the baltimore area. I need some wheels for my toolbox...
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