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AC Compressor Froze up help

2001 Prelude, ac compressor froze up today burned up the belt. Quick fix, bypass the ac and just get belt for power steering and crank pully's. Any problems down the road with this? Expensive fix, quoted $1100.00 sound right? thx
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The power steering belt is not in conjunction with the a/c. The a/c, crank, and alternator are on the same belt.


You just need a 36" 6 rib belt to bypass the a/c. Really simple fix and will only cost maybe $15. I've been running with the shorter belt to bypass the a/c for nearly a year now with no issues.


Otherwise, to fix the system you need the following;


new belt - $20
a/c compressor - $410 (with employee discount or order from hondaautomotiveparts.com and pay shipping)
a/c drier/receiver - $81 (with employee discount, or order from above and pay shipping)
drain old refrigerant
fill with new refrigerant

So, yeah the quote you received is pretty accurate when including the rate for a shop to fix it. - That's in assumption they fix it with brand new parts that I had just listed. This is not something that can be half-assed, it will not operate properly if done incorrectly.


You can do everything yourself besides draining and filling the refrigerant. - and when you install the new drier/receiver, be quick. I suggest directing any a/c related questions to member ogsmakdade.
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Re: AC Compressor Froze up help

Thanks and yes my mistake, alternator and crank pully for the belt. This has been working well so far and $50.00 to fix including labor. Will have to consider getting the AC working by the summer. Do need power steering pump as well. Go used or new?
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Thanks and yes my mistake, alternator and crank pully for the belt. This has been working well so far and $50.00 to fix including labor. Will have to consider getting the AC working by the summer. Do need power steering pump as well. Go used or new?
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You're better off getting a new power steering pump vs a used one and eventually having another issue.


Changing the power steering pump can be a little messy, but it's doable on your own if you're confident/mechanically inclined or have a friend that is. Same goes for the belts.


I'll see if this can get moved to the "general" or "5th gen" section.
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2001 Prelude, ac compressor froze up today burned up the belt. Quick fix, bypass the ac and just get belt for power steering and crank pully's. Any problems down the road with this? Expensive fix, quoted $1100.00 sound right? thx
damn i wish i could charge 1100$ for an ac compressor. i charge about 200$ labor (on most cars) to do compressors plus parts and refrigerant.
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damn i wish i could charge 1100$ for an ac compressor. i charge about 200$ labor (on most cars) to do compressors plus parts and refrigerant.
It's 500 alone in parts... and the time it takes to drain the system, swap the compressor and receiver. It can take up to 30 minutes to properly drain the system. Depending on the mechanic - the bumper would need to be removed to access the receiver (I can't even swap it with the bumper on). So another 30-45 minutes mechanic depending + removing the power steering and alternator just to get to the compressor and then removing it which is a real pain in our cars.

You're shooting yourself in the foot if you only charge $200 for that amount of work in an actual shop, but at the same time the quoted cost would also include the expenses expected from a shop since it's more than just an hourly rate for the employee that is in that "average mechanic rate". If doing as sidework, of course it would be much cheaper.
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