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Mechanic just changed my AC compressor after claiming it was bad, and that it caused my serpentine belt to shred to pieces. Now he's saying the AC isn't getting any power. He thinks it's an electrical problem. Any ideas?
 

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Mechanic is telling me has no idea what the problem is but that either way he did his job. He expects me to walk over there today and pay him $820 and then leave with the a new serpentine belt and AC compressor, but no AC capabilities. The AC won't turn on now. He's saying he spent all this time with an electrical specialist and that all the guy could suggest was bringing it to the dealership to "re-program" the computer. He said he thinks when the compressor busted that the computer screwed up or something. He has no idea how to fix it.

Our conversation is like this:

Mechanic: "I did my job... what I did was just mechanical. I changed the compressor and put in a new one... anyone can see that the old compressor was damaged. I put the new belt... I put freon... when I use "direct power" everything works fine... but without "direct power" the AC doesn't work."

Me: "This problem didn't exist before you touched the car. You said the compressor needed to be replaced and that doing that would solve the problem. But now there's a new problem -- the AC doesn't won't turn on. Aren't you responsible for that?"

Mechanic: "No. I did my job. I fixed the compressor."

Me: "And now the AC doesn't work."

Mechanic: "Take it to the dealership to get it re-programmed."

Me: "The dealership is going to charge me a few hundred dollars for that. Are you going to pay for that since you helped to create this problem?"

Mechanic. "No. I did my part."

Am I in the wrong here? What am I supposed to do? I don't want to go over there and pay him and take the car because I feel once I do that the problem is in my hands. I feel he should be responsible for this. I never had a problem with the AC. It always turned on and blew cold/hot. I leave my car sitting in a driveway for three weeks only to turn it on and go around the block and find the serpentine belt is shredded. I took it to the mechanic who insisted the compressor was to blame. I triple-checked with him that maybe it was something else, and he said he was 100 percent sure the compressor was faulty.

Now the AC doesn't turn on... he wants $800+ and for me to pick the car up.

Someone tell me the dealership needs to re-program this car, otherwise I'm really going to flip out. :brutal:
 

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AC not getting power part 2 - is mechanic screwing with me???? It won't turn on!!

Sorry for posting practically in three different places, but time is of the essence.

Recap: Had shredded serpentine belt and no power. Towed car to mechanic who said I needed to replace the compressor. He replaced the belt and compressor and said everything is great when he supplies direct power. When he's not using direct power, the AC won't turn on. I told him to clear codes and he says there aren't any.

Mechanic is telling me has no idea what the problem is but that either way he did his job. He expects me to walk over there today and pay him $820 and then leave with the a new serpentine belt and AC compressor, but no AC capabilities. The AC won't turn on now. He's saying he spent all this time with an electrical specialist and that all the guy could suggest was bringing it to the [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]dealership[/COLOR][/COLOR] to "re-program" the computer. He said he thinks when the compressor busted that the computer screwed up or something. He has no idea how to fix it.

Our conversation is like this:

Mechanic: "I did my job... what I did was just mechanical. I changed the compressor and put in a new one... anyone can see that the old compressor was damaged. I put the new belt... I put freon... when I use "direct power" everything works fine... but without "direct power" the AC doesn't work."

Me: "This problem didn't exist before you touched the car. You said the compressor needed to be replaced and that doing that would solve the problem. But now there's a new problem -- the AC won't turn on. Aren't you responsible for that?"

Mechanic: "No. I did my job. I fixed the compressor."

Me: "And now the AC doesn't work."

Mechanic: "Take it to the [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]dealership[/COLOR][/COLOR] to get it re-programmed."

Me: "The dealership is going to charge me a few hundred dollars for that. Are you going to pay for that since you helped to create this problem?"

Mechanic. "No. I did my part."

Am I in the wrong here? What am I supposed to do? I don't want to go over there and pay him and take the car because I feel once I do that the problem is in my hands. I feel he should be responsible for this. I never had a problem with the AC. It always turned on and blew cold/hot. I leave my car sitting in a driveway for three weeks only to turn it on and go around the block and find the serpentine belt is shredded. I took it to the mechanic who insisted the compressor was to blame. I triple-checked with him that maybe it was something else, and he said he was 100 percent sure the compressor was faulty.

Now the AC doesn't turn on... he wants $800+ and for me to pick the car up.

Someone tell me the dealership needs to re-program this car, otherwise I'm really going to flip out.
 

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How did he charge the system if he can't get the compressor to run? Did he jump it? I'd bet it has a low pressure code like Zonie says. Clear the frickin codes! Nothing needs to be reprogrammed.
 
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