Morning all. Shop is saying it's the expansion valve. Going to dive into the dash this weekend unless one of you know an easier way.
That's only the half of it.Glad you're enjoying the car the way it was meant to be. The bad AC compressor is annoying. It is hard to imagine an AC compressor could be manufactured and delivered at a profit for $175 without some compromises.
Agreed, modern automotive AC systems pretty sophisticated and beyond just a simple pressure check showing low refrigerant I'd have a professional look at it.There are shops that are expert in AC repair, hence the dealer's suggestion. If you're not an expert and don't have the equipment this may be a case where it makes a lot of sense to utilize a pro. Are you aware that air must be pumped out of the system if it is opened to replace any components? An expensive piece of equipment beyond the gauge set.
You know they didn't throw the faulty gauge set way, they'll give it to the next sucker who asks. Still, it illustrates the pitfalls of repairs on the cheap - in this case a bad loaner tool. While this isn't intended as a criticism, I understand why someone who has the knowledge and abilities would proceed to do this repair. But you're burned by a crap tool, from Joe's Low-Budget Auto Parts.I go to the auto part store and exchange the loaner gauge, and all is good in my world. The system fills with freon;