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post #1 of 12 Old 06-15-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing AC Compressor

Has anyone here ever attempted it or does anyone have a good write up on the steps?


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post #2 of 12 Old 06-15-2008, 07:22 PM
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I swapped out the compressor on my '97 Sport recently because of a bad bearing. Ordered a new compressor and dryer online.

http://www.discountacparts.com/jeep_ac_compressor.htm

Loosen idler pulley (bolt in center of pulley) and take serpentine off compressor pulley.

Release system pressure at valve in refrigerant line near compressor.

Remove old compressor and install new compressor. Careful not to spill oil when removing shipping plug.

Set serpentine and tighten idler pulley.

You've done all you can reasonably do. Now take the Jeep to an A/C shop and have them install the dryer (takes special tools to remove the old one). They will now pull a vacuum and recharge the system. My shop charged $100 for their part.

Hope this helps. I saved about $300 doing it this way, and it wasn't very hard.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-15-2008, 07:43 PM
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Just a little note to that, 2000's have a belt tensioner so loosening the belt is a little bit different. On the tensioner, you will see a square shape casted in the middle of it. Just simply put a 3/8'' drive ratchet on it, and you can loosen it. Be careful because it's spring loaded! When putting the belt back on, you don't need to adjust it. Also, it will be a bit harder because the AC compressor is at the bottom of the engine, instead of the top like the 97-99 TJ's. To give yourself some room, I'd remove the alternator first. Good luck

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-16-2008, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info and the link guys! My local AC shop gave me a quote of $585 + tax for a new compressor w/clutch, oil, charge and labor. Which isn't too bad I guess considering if I were to get the AC Kit from discountacparts at $325 and my AC Shop charged me the same amount for installing the drier and charge as yours did ($325+$100=$425). Almost makes me consider just letting them do it all for $585, but in the end if I can save $160 I'm gonna do it, with the money I save I might just be able to buy 2 or 3 gallons of gas with it .



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post #5 of 12 Old 06-16-2008, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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One more quick question: Do you know if the Kit comes with any sort of instructions? I'm no mechanic, but give me some tools and a good set of instructions and I can generally get the job done.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-17-2008, 09:19 AM
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There were NO instructions with the kit and I was surprised. I guess they can't imagine a diy guy messing with this project. I found most of what I needed to know searcing threads on this forum.

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-17-2008, 09:50 AM
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On the tensioner, you will see a square shape casted in the middle of it. Just simply put a 3/8'' drive ratchet on it, and you can loosen it.
I believe its a 1/2"

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One more quick question: Do you know if the Kit comes with any sort of instructions?
According to the web site, the kit comes with "installation tips."
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-18-2008, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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According to the web site, the kit comes with "installation tips."
That almost sounds scary...like all it will amount to is "THIS SIDE UP" on the box :lol:.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-18-2008, 09:45 PM
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i've dealt w/ these guys in the past... they have great prices. http://www.jeepair.com/ac/wrangler-1.php
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ac compressor on 1994 grand cherokee v8 5.2 blow out and mist and smoke

anybody know have to replace a ac compressor? my ac compressor was lecking for a two month then one day i turn the car on and it blow up fron went everywhere there was smoke and and a bad smell. i think my ac just hates me. anybody have steps or pic or videos on how to replace a ac compressor. i can get a ac for 112.00 rebuilt i'm just not sure what kinda of tools i need or spec tool i have ratchet and socket set and other tools i need to no if there is a spec tool. so if anybody has pic or video on this for 94 grands v8s
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-24-2012, 05:43 PM
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Ok so I'm new here and new to jeeps. I recently purchased a 1998 jeep gc laredo with the 4.0 and after installing an aftermarket stereo which put a heavier load on the serpentine belt which in turn made the ac compressor clutch squeal. I purchased the idler pulley bracket to replace the compressor (don't need it or want it) and am wondering if anyone has done this before and has some helpful tips. Any advice/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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