Where is the AC expansion valve is located at on 2004 SAAB 93? on 2004 Saab 9-5

Also wondering how easy it is replace and if there is any good online information on how to do it. Shop wants $500, which is crazy in my book.

by in Muscatine, IA on June 17, 2012
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1 answer 4 comments
ANSWER by , June 17, 2012
It's not crazy. In fact that's reasonable.
COMMENT by , June 18, 2012
Wow! PARTS GUY you have such a helpful response. I can buy the part new for less than $50, and I can get the refrigerant recharge done for $100. That leaves $350 labor for turn nuts/bolts and tubing fitting. Hmm I am thinking I can do that myself on a Saturday afternoon. I guess its not crazy if you have no mechanical skills, if you get my drift.
COMMENT by , June 18, 2012
GOOD LUCK! You try to do it yourself and you'll wish you would have spent the "$350".
COMMENT by , June 23, 2012
You might try blowing smoke somewhere else. I changed out the AC expansion valve on my 2004 SAAB 93 with no problems and it is very easy to do. If anyone needs the procedure let me know I have it and I took picture along the way as well. It takes around 3 hours to do once you understand what you need to do and I am not a professional. Anyone can do this. Don’t let the shops charge you $500. I did my for under $150 and that also included changing our the cabin air filter since it was accessible during the change out.
COMMENT by , July 31, 2012
Speaking of blowing smoke..jdkoch...where did you discharge the existing refrigerant? Did you just open the system and vent to atmosphere , or was it evacuated by the shop before you replaced your part? Keep us posted on how long your A/C continues working and let us know how the warranty ....oh wait ...you did your own work ..no warranty .Damn.