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Fixing A/C?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by boshak, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Aug 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    boshak [OP] Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2010
    First Name:
    Southern California
    2003 Manual 4x4 5VZ-FE
    OME 881's, Wheeler's 5-leaf pack, Bilstein 5100's
    i'm looking to pick up a used 99 civic ex for 3k from a friend... new motor put it around 180k.

    anyway, only issue is the a/c isn't working. how much to fix it? also... does 3k sounds like a good price? i'm gonna use it as my DD and save on gas.
  2. Aug 28, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Manlaan Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    First Name:
    Riverton, Utah
    2002 XtraCab SR5 V6 4x4 Black
    See Signature

    Well, if you know exactly what is wrong, some of the AC work can be done yourself, but you really should get a pro to do the evac first and later to recharge it. If for no other reason than to avoid getting in trouble. Its really not that expensive and you can easily harm items by over charging the system. Also, if you dont evac the system (and just let it all out into the air), it'll end up costing a whole lot more for a complete fill up.

    There really are a lot of components to an AC system though (condenser, evaporator, compressor, blower, pressurized lines, lots of sensors, switches, values, and servos, and even a belt.) Most of which are pretty expensive pieces, so if you dont know what you're doing exactly, a pro is the best and cheapest option.

    It just depends what the problem is as there's too many pieces to even begin to give a price estimate. It could be something really simple, like he didn't put a belt on when he put it together, to something very costly. There really isn't any way to know with the information given.

    3k for a 99 Civic with a rebuilt engine isn't exactly a fantastic deal, but its not a rip off either. I'd say thats about avg, assuming good condition. With the AC broken and unknown what it'll take to fix it, I'd expect the car to be in excel condition otherwise. See if he'll split the cost to repair the AC and anything else that needs to be done and I think you'll come out ok.
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