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Q: a/c compressor on 2005 Scion tC

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How long should your a/c compressor last? And roughly what should one cost if it needs replaced? Should the places check first if it just needs charged?
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Its best not to jump to the conclusion that the air conditioning compressor itself has failed. When the air conditioning fails to work or work well, gauges need to be attached to the high and low side of the air conditioning system to verify what is happening. The compressor can be checked for clutch engagement and to see if it mechanically OK. The system may need to be evacuated, checked fro leaks, any leaks repaired, defective parts replaced the system flushed free of contaminants and the recharged with oil and refrigerant. It point less to guess without having initial diagnostic tests are done. A shop that specializes in air conditioning may end up being most cost efficient for you.
Right now I am pretty up set with Toyota! I bought Scion TC in June 2005! Went with them because I liked the car & I felt Toyota had a good reputation for quality. I made my last payment in June 2010. Had a major break down that month & ended up putting another car payment into the repair. Now 2 years later the AC went out! Compressor had to be replaced! No cabin filter was evident! Debris of all sorts in the
compressor ( looks like animal nests) & I am out $835.00! Due to the death of my husband & no life insurance, this is a major cost to me. I can't wait to get out of bankruptcy in 3 years & get rid of this car! No Toyotas for me!
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