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Delimna: replace a/c clutch or complete compressor?

Here's the deal. Took my car to my local, independant mech, as I suspected my a/c compressor bearing was going out. I've experienced bad bearings on idler wheels before, so I'm familiar with the coarse noise they make.

My independent mech put a stethescope on the compressor and said it was the compressor clutch. However, he said that the clutch couldn't be replaced and that I'd have to replace the complete a/c compressor and dryer.

I then called my local MBZ dealer and they said they can replace just the clutch and they have the part in stock. Of course, this route is less than half the cost.

Great... Save money. Almost. Now, I've read that an a/c clutch failure is usually a symptom and that those those go this route usually don't save money in the long run, having to end up replacing the complete a/c pump and dryer anyway.

So, I'd like some experience from others that may have been down this road, what they did and and how it worked out.

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