Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 19:31:51 -0400
From: Mark Aarabi <maarabinopsamsouth.net>
Subject: Re: New versus rebuilt A/C compressors?


Ken, Stay as far and clear as you can from any FOUR SEASON product. In my experience they are *THE* worst aftermarket brand ever (for any type of part not just A/C components). I remember when I had my previous shop customers would bring their own 4-seasons A/C parts for us to install. After giving them a big speech and making sure that they understood that when customers supply their own parts there is no warranty. Occasionally the customer would change his/her mind and tell us to go ahead and put our choice of parts on there (either NAPA or OEM and on some occasions Air Pro). But most other times they would elect to gamble and try their luck with their own parts. On 2 different occasions, we had to install 4 compressors on a vehicle before getting one that worked properly. On numerous other occasions, the compressor would fail prematurely very shortly after installation. The manager at the local Autozone who was also one of my customers once told me that "there is no way in hell he would put a 4-seasons compressor on one of his own cars". By the way, if you decide to go with a NAPA compressor, they have 2 different lines: TEMP and NAPA brand (although for your particular application they may not have it in both lines). I have had some bad experiences with their TEMP line as well. Good luck. -Mark Aarabi ASE Master Tech

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