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Am planning on replacing most of my AC system in steps. First evacuating, then several days later replacing under the dash, then several days later another part etc.

The question is, will it be drive-able in between steps? Will any of these steps cause the condenser to lock? The belt to freeze?
 

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I just had mine totally redone last month EXCEPT
I didn't replace anything under the dash.
I have a New Condenser, Compressor and various
items under the hood.
The Compressor is the only unit connected to the Drive Belt.
You'll be able to drive without AC.
 

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I just had mine totally redone last month EXCEPT
I didn't replace anything under the dash.
I have a New Condenser, Compressor and various
items under the hood.
The Compressor is the only unit connected to the Drive Belt.
You'll be able to drive without AC.
Thanks Fubarnow! So what I'm getting is that the compressor isn't dependent on being connected to the rest of the system to turn with the belt. That's very helpful.
 

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Thanks Fubarnow! So what I'm getting is that the compressor isn't dependent on being connected to the rest of the system to turn with the belt. That's very helpful.[/QUOTE

The compressor is always connected to the belt.
My compressor blew up but it still turned but I had no AC. ac 3.jpg ac 4.jpg

This is what happens when the installer does not mount the compressor onto the car correctly
 

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Ouch! What's the green stuff? Is that the, uhm, forbidden substance?

That's the ONE part I'm going to pay someone else to install. It looks like a real major PITA. The other parts look easy enough to install using U-tube videos.

& how the heck does one install that incorrectly anyway? Don't the holes line up with the bolts? Does it need special torqe on the bolts or something? I'm thinking of having a friend install it who is a pretty good wrencher but not a mechanic.
 

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The Green Stuff is Freon with Dye in it.
I had a Firestone in Athens Ohio do the original Compressor.
When he reassembled the system, he used 3 bolts instead of 4.
I was driving last summer on I 64 going to Virginia when my AC stopped.
I took it to my local Firestone in WV and they said they've never seen
a compressor do that. They had to repair it under Warranty.
The manager has been very helpful in getting the AC right.
My Condenser was original--meaning 12 years old and they charged me
what it cost from the parts store and installed it during the AC work
for $180 which I thought was Fair.
They bought an "AC Kit" from NAPA and that's what they installed this time.
Right now the AC is great and Cold.
The real test is will it last.
I'm tired of messing with it but I really like my car and
not having a car payment.

I've watched plenty of video's on you tube about AC.
I'm gonna give you a LINK Here and it's
Eric The Car Guy---He's a Honda Technician.
He has good advice on Fixing Honda's
The video will show you the correct way to put Freon in a AC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lglPJuBXVeE&list=PL034A0CBCE388E429&index=8
 
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