AC Compressor cost on 2007 Ford Five Hundred

What is a reasonable price to replace an AC compressor at a Ford dealer? Should anything else, such as the dryer, be replaced at the same time? Thank you.

by in Austin, TX on June 05, 2010
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on June 05, 2010
if the compressor is bad, you can bet the dryer is contaminated. the orfice line, flush and charging. dealer would be my last choice due to pricing. check the independent repair shops for a bid with your dealer pricing. Roy
COMMENT by on June 05, 2010
Thank you for the reply. Because I had a $100d Ford ESP warranty, I had to let a Ford dealer do the work; they only replaced the compressor and told me, as I recall, that if the evacuation is done well, the dryer doesn't need to be replaced. I asked what their work would have cost if I had not had the warranty, and was told $1200 -- seemed high to me. Forgot to mention our car has 51,000 miles on it and has been maintained well; it is in like new condition.
COMMENT by on June 08, 2010
I just had the same with my 2004 Mercury Monterey van (79,000 miles) - ford dealer quoted $1200 to fix AC compressor, indepedent guy did it with NAPA parts for ~$600. They did replace the dryer and orifice because the parts all come in a kit and you are supposed to replace them all, as the reply above said. I used the estimater on Repair Pal and the independent shops were very comparable to the website but the dealer was double.
ANSWER by on June 05, 2010
It depends on why the compressor needed replacement. If the compressor had an internal failure, causing debris to travel through the system, then Roy is correct, the drier and orifice tube would need replacement. But if the clutch was to fail, you could get by with just replacing the compressor. You can see what the repair should cost here:
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