Q: AC Compressor on 2007 Dodge Caliber

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I think that I may need to remove my a/c compressor in order to repair other parts of my car. Seems impossible to get around it. How do you disconnect the compressor without losing all the freon? Is it inevitable and I should just prepare to recharge it after other repairs?
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I am an ase certified technician. It is not possible to replace the compressor without losing the freon. First the system needs to be evacuated. Then the compessor can be removed. Once the new compressor is installed then the system can be vacumed and recharged. It's a good idea to also replace the reciever/drier and orifice tube or expansion block to ensure that your system operates properly.