A/C stops blowing cold air when outside temp >80 in stop and go traffic. I was told by the dealership that the A/C clutch needed to be replaced which they said would cost around 700+ to fix. They also recommened replacing the compressor at the same time for an additional 200 dollars. My car is only 4 years old but they said I had a lot of miles on it. I have 70,000 miles which is higher than ave but not a lot of miles for a Volvo. First, is this a faulty A/C and second, is this a fair repair cost?
A/C compressor and clutch repair cost on 2006 Volvo S40
by Kris311 in Norristown, PA on May 29, 2010
ANSWER by Bret Bodas on May 29, 2010
I've seen this issue with several A/C clutches on Volvo's, so I'm not surprised, and the shop is giving good advice in that for an additional $200 you get a completely new compressor and clutch. The price is on the high end, but what you'd expect at the dealer. Labor is 2-3 hours ($350-$375, not including diagnosis) and parts are $400 - $500. Expensive but worth it when the summer is here.