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Old 02-20-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Replacement Air Conditioning Compressor

Well what I thought was an aux belt tensioning issue turned into a dead air conditioning compressor with a simple popping sound late this afternoon. (still to be verified by an AC tech...but looks very likely)

Always new Gretel was hot, but man she really is hot now...

I presume the bearing or something has let go and I cannot see how I would not be up for a replacement compressor.

Do we all still go out and buy them from our local dealer (at the cost of one fresh testicle and one first born child), or is there a reconditioned replacement option these days?

I went on to ECS tuning and have a price of apporximately $460, but I'll need to add freight to that.

Anyone know of a more realistic approach here in Oz?

Thanks in avance for your collective consideration.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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I have seen cheaper oem units on ebay. You will probably want to replace the condenser as well.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #3
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I had something similar happen to my Merc. AC compressor shat itself and put metal shavings all into the AC system. Ended up needing all soft lines replaced, hard lines flushed, new evaporator, receiver/dryer, condensor and TX valve and compressor. All up including labour came to about $3.5K. It was not fun at all!

You would at least need a receiver dryer replaced to catch and gunk and moisture that could have been floating around inside.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:15 AM   #4
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Hmmm... thanks guys, appreciate the feedback.

Got it booked in to an AC dude as soon as I come back from Melbourne, so we'll see what eventuates.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #5
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Had mine replaced - it's not as simple as just replacing the compressor. Mine cost $2200 - plus both radiator fans which added $1000 to the bill - ouch!
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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Had mine replaced - it's not as simple as just replacing the compressor. Mine cost $2200 - plus both radiator fans which added $1000 to the bill - ouch!
Thanks Mac,

Just got the quote back today..... new compressor, complete service of whole system and replace two valves $1600 ... Air con dude said clutch in compressor had died...and I was very lucky it did not dump metal into the system.

Seems you just can't replace the clutch in our compressors, you have to go the whole compressor.

I must have went white when he told me about bits of metal being dumped into the system and I asked him for a ball park figure of what we'd be looking at...he just sucked in air through his teeth and said "best not to think about that until we look at it"

I presume it wouldn't be a pretty number....
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:03 AM   #7
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Yeah I think you have to flush the system for 4-5 hours to clear the debris.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:00 PM   #8
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Hey guys, sorry to hijack the thread but I have just bought a MK5 Gti and am having aircon related problems. My symptons are no cold air through the vents, faint whining noise from the engine bay on the passenger side, very weak flow of air (even on full power Id have to have my hand up at a vent to feel it). Does this all point to the air con compressor or something else? Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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Yep, see the link below. I found replacement compressors where far cheaper in the UK, unfortunately mine died with an Australian summer looming so I had to take the saftest most expensive route.

http://www.my-gti.com/1038/volkswage...ressor-failure
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:48 AM   #10
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Thanks for the great link mate - is the ac compressor likely to be the reason for low blower strength too?
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:57 PM   #11
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Thanks for the great link mate - is the ac compressor likely to be the reason for low blower strength too?
No hijack there... it is a great link is it not? I have always found that site very handy.

What's more I think it belongs to a member of this forum (or at least someone who used to be a regular on here)

Hey!!... Old Guys!!...is that maverick's site?

Just a word of advice on your AC...If you suspect the compressor is gone or going, switch your AC off and do not use it again until you have replaced the compressor.

As you've probably read above, I am the luckiest dude alive because I immediately shut it down as soon as I heard it go and consequently it has not transported metal bits all through out my system....

Apparently it is eye-wateringly expensive to fix once you get metal bits in your system.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #12
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Forgot to update post fix... ended up costing me 1330 clams for a new compressor, replacement labour and a full AC service with all the gubbins that needed replacing replaced.

It's as cold as all get out now, coolest AC of any of the Golfs I've owned.

Look in the RVM the other day and spotted penguins chasing me down the road wanting to get in.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #13
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Good work, I like penguins.

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Forgot to update post fix... ended up costing me 1330 clams for a new compressor, replacement labour and a full AC service with all the gubbins that needed replacing replaced.

It's as cold as all get out now, coolest AC of any of the Golfs I've owned.

Look in the RVM the other day and spotted penguins chasing me down the road wanting to get in.
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