Date: 7 Jul 1999 03:12:40 -0400
From: kenbellnopsamx.com (Ken Bell)
Subject: New versus rebuilt A/C compressors?


I'm looking for guidance in selecting a replacement for an A/C compressor that seized in an '88 Saab 9000T. The compressor is a "Sanden SD 709", with "7 cylinders". The local parts shops carry rebuilt/reman compressors bearing the labels "Everco" or "Four Seasons". What are your experiences with reman versus OEM new compressors? Is either of these brands better or worse than the other? In particular, is the Sanden a good bet for rebuilding? Finally, given that I'll be replacing the compressor, drier/filter, expansion valve, anti-freeze thermostat, and pressure switch (while the system is open already, so I don't have to do it again real soon), would a conversion to R-134a be preferable to continuing with R-12 (I have an R-12 certificate, FWIW)? Any thoughts on replacing the condenser and evaporator as "insurance" in this case? This can get very expensive very fast. Should I get new hoses too? Finally, any suggestions for a "poor man's flush kit" and vacuum pump? I work on the car in the street outside of my apartment, so electrical outlets and running water are kinda "not available", and I'd rather not use a gasoline powered pump / air compressor given that it would attract unwanted attention. Or would I be best off simply paying my money to a good A/C shop? Any suggestions for shops in the NYC/NJ area? Thanks. -- Ken Bell :: kenbellnopsamx.com :: (212) 475-4976 (voice)

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