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Can anyone tell me if it is possible to safely and easily remove an Air Con compressor. I want to strip mine off the 9k I am breaking and checking the Haynes it states only qualified Air Con personnel should attempt it. Anyone know any different or got experience of removing one.
 

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The compressor contain CFC gases under pressure and apart from the risk to yourself there are environmental issues about releasing such gases to the atmosphere.
It may be possible to remove the entire A/C system. compressor, evaporator, receiver dryer and condenser without splitting the system but I doubt it. Best to go to a refrigeration or A/C specialist and ask them to de-pressurise the system before you remove it.
 

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Right, so need system to be depressurised before I attempt to do anything, what sort of cost do you think getting that done will be and what kind of a job is removing the compressor. Is it a simple bolt off one, or a more complex messing about uncoupling pipes type of job.
 

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If the car drives take it to a dealer / specialist. Has it got R12 OR 134A gas. A picture of the compressor should tell me straight away. If it is R12 the gas is no longer availiable but a alternative is along with a conversion kit. If 134a not a problem it can be recovered cost depends on the dealer. If you take the car back to them after the change over the price ??.
NOTE:- If the system has not been used for a long period of time there may not be much gas in to start so expect to pay around the £70-99 mark for a full a/c/service.
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When I stripped my Carlsson I took the air con out as a complete system. The compressor was simple, the difficult part was getting the bits out from the bulkhead.
I was very careful not to kink the solid pipes, this is not so easy on your own, but simple with help.
Of course, once it is out you are stuck with the problem of disposal...
David
 
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