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Hey Guys, I'm 'reading the mail' as our otherwise reliable e320 wagon's
AC just died.

Same symptoms as yours PT700.

So, I'm mentally prepping for a whole new system & taking notes.

My compressor center doesn't move no matter what - by hand or otherwise.

Most likely it's seized.

Here's a pretty nice video overview of this job DIY.....:


Best wishes on your project - David in Texas
 

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Not a hard job, by any means.....just a pain in the butt. Swivels are your best friend.

That, and intact motor mounts. If the engine is leaning forward, you'll need to use floor jacks or something similar to push it back just enough to get to the other bolt on the compressor. You'll know which bolt I'm talking about.
 

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You should definitely flush the hoses and cores, if the compressor is seized.
 

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The first part of this video shows the clutch assembly coming off with nice clarity...

 
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Dang, I didn’t think there was anything serviceable inside a seized compressor.

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Dang, I didn’t think there was anything serviceable inside a seized compressor.

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These Eastern European Mechanic guys, that's where they get all their dangling gold watches & jewelery from....lol
 

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Dang, I didn’t think there was anything serviceable inside a seized compressor.

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This is not a W210 compressor. If is Ford stuff. Not even a variable swash plate one.
 

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On that 2nd one I posted ?
I assumed it was. Those guys are ALWAYS fixing Benz stuff whenever I've seen them before.
Maybe got all their MBs fixed for once.
Now on to the Fords.
I aspire to that !
 

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It writes Fomoco on the compresor :), and from a Focus. I would replace the damn thing, with a Japanese equivalent.
 

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Discussion Starter #51
we can put this one to bed, i waved the white flag and took it to a highly rated local indy. damage was about $700 (yikes) but, they did it in half a day and used an oem compressor / clutch.

a/c is properly cold now. next time (i'm hoping never on this car) i'll probably go ahead and buy the proper tools to deal with the refrigerant and try to learn some new skills though...

thanks plenty for all the advice. in the end, i just didn't care to spend what would've probably taken me all weekend under the car.
 

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$700 is a fair price for an OEM compressor change. Hopefully it will come with a warranty.
 

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Discussion Starter #53
that's what i recon. my good friend runs an indy back home in hawaii and his software quoted about $450 for the parts and an hour of labor. he said that seemed low and woulda added another hour, knowing what a pain access is.

shop had a forlorn 500e out front in need of some tlc. i hear it's taiwanese owner's tired of putting money into it...
 
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