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Hello. My A/C Compressor clutch died, since replacing just the clutch appears to be impossible I'm planning to replace the whole compressor. I plan to have it evac'ed at a shop, and the have it flushed and refilled at a shop as well. I found
compressor on amazon which is direct replacement for the one in my car. I also read that I should replace the dryer/reciever, I looked and this
one should work. Is there anything else I have to replace during this job?

Finaly the procedure for this job from what I found seems to go like this
1) remove serpentine belt
2) remove front fans
3) remove IC hoses
4) Undo bolts on top for the compressor
5) Undo bolts on bottom
6) Remove compressor
7) Fill new compressor with oil and install.
8) Replace the Dryer/Reciver
9) put the car back into one piece and get they system flushed and refilled.

Any steps I'm missing? Any advice on dong this job?
 

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Having done the job recently, that sounds about right, it comes out of the bottom and is very heavy. It will be worth checking the seals on the pipes you disconnect and have new ones handy. The drier is on the side of the condensor on the battery side. You need to remove the headlight to get to it.

After installing it I didn't bother with the oil as the aircon recharge service I used (Kwikfit) replaces the oil anyway.
 

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The WIS says to drain the refrigerant first. Did you have to do that? My impression is that draining refrigerant requires some special vacuum and/or knowledge/skill and is not a DIY task.

Can the clutch/bearing not be separated from the compressor? I'd rather just replace the bearing if possible.

This is for a 2005.

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Refrigerant cannot be drained, it is a gas (kind of). And if it gets on you, or in your face you will be injured. You need to take this to a specialist that has the proper equipment and training. I couldn't stress the importance of this enough.

The system will need to be vacuumed first in order to remove moisture and crap. Then the old r135 is recovered (you really shouldn't let this escape into the atmosphere) then new r/135a is put into the system at the proper pressures. It's impossible to do this right with just a can with a little gauge on it. Everybody puts stop leak into these things, which creates bigger problems down the road anyway.
 

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Err, ended up giving it to a shop to do, as I its I would have to pay to get the refrigerant evaced at a shop anyway...
 
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