So when I bought my 1995 Legacy earlier this month, the seller mentioned that the AC didn't blow cold, he removed the belt and that "somewhere down the road" the compressor might need to be replaced.
Took my car to the mechanic today to check out if it just needed to be recharged or if it did indeed need a new compressor. I got a call 2 hours later stating that the compressor locked up and would need to be replaced to get the AC working. The orifice tube would need to be replaced too if I wanted the warranty on the compressor. He didn't check any further in the AC system to see if anything else needed to be fixed because at that point his quote was $1400. As he was explaining the situation he mentioned that even after replacing it there could be contaminates throughout the whole system (because the compressor locked up) that could cause,or already have caused, additional problems. He gave me his diagnosis on the house since he didn't even have the belt put back on.
My question is, would it be worth it to buy a cheap, used compressor and try to put it in myself (I think I could find one around $200)? How hard is a swap? My girlfriend's father used to be a car mechanic before working as a plane tech in the Air Force and he could probably help. If I go ahead and fix it, are these "contaminates" really something to be worried about?
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