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Old 09-05-2009, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I'm here at my girlfriend's house and it seems that the A/C compressor on her '99 Elantra has seized.

She is able to get a junkyard replacement for $75, which seems reasonable. I have a reasonable amount of tools with me, and she knows how to charge the system with the store-bought cans of 134a, so that's not a problem.

What I seek is as much advice about this project as I can get before undertaking. I'll have one full day to do this, but that's it -- so I want to eliminate as much guesswork as I can.

Occasionally I've found service manuals online for other cars, but I haven't found one yet for this car. Anyone have any leads?

Thank you all very much for your help.

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Old 09-05-2009, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Plug all of the open fittings immediately after removal to keep moisture out of the system.
1.
Discharge refrigerant from the refrigeration system.
2.
Disconnect the magnetic clutch connect connector.
3.
Lift up the vehicle.
4.
Loosen the locking nut of the tensioner.

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Sufficiently lessen the tension of the compressor drive belt by turning the tension adjusting bolt counterclockwise.
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Lower the vehicle.
7.
Derail the compressor drive belt from the compressor pulley.

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Disconnect the suction hose fitting from the compressor.
9.
Disconnect the discharge hose fitting from the compressor.

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Remove compressor mounting bolts.
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Remove the compressor assembly.

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Old 09-05-2009, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'll also going to need a vacuum pump, a new filter dryer, and I would suggest putting new oil in the compressor
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aha...

See, this is the information I was looking for -- the special something that tells me "This is over your head."

By reading all this, I'm learning that replacing an A/C compressor is NOT "just as easy as replacing an alternator" like someone told me.

Thanks all... This could have been ugly had I tried to do this on my own!
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