My a/c clutch flew off on my Acura TSX. I was told by a dealership that I needed to replace pretty much everything in the system except fot the evaporator! The estimate was 3000.00!!! They said that this needed to be done because ususally when this happens its because the compressor probably is torn up and that there might be metal peices in the system now. Is this true?
Country: United StatesMake: AcuraModel: TSXYear: 2005
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If the clutch just came off the compressor is probably fine.
You don't even need to evacuate the system. It's a simple job.
If you are worried about it have the recover the refrigerant then pull both hoses that bolt to the compressor. With a "q-tip" ran around the inside of the hoses and compressor opening if you catch metal particles with it it's a done deal. If not throw a clutch on it and recharge it. I would never recommend a full system unless I checked for metal in the lines. If they didn't do this before recommending it take it to another dealer and walk away. That's shady and not the right way to take care of you as a customer. Sounds like a service advisor is trying to make a quota this month on your dime.
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Can I replace the clutch without removing the compressor? I used to be a Porsche Tech, but its been a long time since Ive worked on cars. I had never seen a clutch come off of a compressor before!
It happens on Honda compressors sometimes. The bolt comes off or shears off. Not a big deal to fix. You can get to it from the bottom usually without even taking it off the engine. You have to shim it to the air gap spec in the manual but that's easy to do. I think you can even order them shimmed as an assembly if I'm not mistaken. One bolt holds it on. Easy to change the clutch assembly. If you worked on Porsche this should be a cake walk for you. :)
Thanks Kyle, I appreciate it. If I have any other questions on this can I contact you again thru this thread or....?
Yes not a problem. If you accept I can still help you later if you have more questions
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