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Old 14-01-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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Hi everyone
I have brought out of storage and starting driving my EL XR8, buthave noticed the AC not working well - looks like it leaking form the compressor.

Iím in the need of for some advice - can the compressor be serviced/fixed easily, should I get second hand, or is new available

Thanks in advance - prefer a really cheap option, as been a few expenses lately

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Old 14-01-2020, 08:11 PM   #2
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Unfortunately when it comes to AC on older vehicles, unless it just re-gassing a working system, there is no cheap option.

I am in a similar boat with my AU XR8 and my thought is to go with a new compressor (around $500) as I would be worried that the cost of re-gassing and labour change would be lost if there is more problems with a second hand unit.
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Old 14-01-2020, 08:48 PM   #3
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try ashdown-ingrams, they usually sell this kind of thing.
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Old 14-01-2020, 09:00 PM   #4
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Ignore at your peril, loss of lubricating oil instigates a slow self-destruction by grinding its insides up - eventually seizing and snapping the aux belt. Which, if you're on a roll, will whip past the crank sensor and flog its wires in half.

OEX are usually OK compressors for the Flagon (I'm not sure if Padrone Cozzo agrees with that statement). Shop around hard, the worst someone will say is "Sorry, can't do that price".

The option is to reseal your existing, you need the seal and some way to change it over. Seal kits will come from AliExpress or other overseas suppliers usually if they're cheap.

Change it in time - you "only" need compressor, drier, orifice tube. Ignore and you need condenser plus full flush of the lines and evaporator.
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Attached is the parts that were available back in the day. You can also get aftermarket compressors as new ones are obsolete from Ford.

EL V8 AC Compressor.pdf

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Air-Con-...4AAOSwfopd-aDZ

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FORD-FAL...0AAOSwgZ1Xq-DX
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Old 15-01-2020, 12:34 AM   #6
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looks like it leaking form the compressor.
They do leak from the front seal - you usually see oil on the underside of the intake snorkle.
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The option is to reseal your existing, you need the seal and some way to change it over. Seal kits will come from AliExpress or other overseas suppliers usually if they're cheap.
You can get front seals from PolarBearInc in the US - you need to shim it though so it doesn't sit where the old seal lip wear is.
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Change it in time - you "only" need compressor, drier, orifice tube. Ignore and you need condenser plus full flush of the lines and evaporator.
No orifice tube - these are Tx valve systems. Replace the receiver/drier too.

The Sanden TRS105's aren't a bad compressor, they work well, but need lubrication - I have seen and experienced where the low pressure switch doesn't operate and the compressors lunch themselves.
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Old 15-01-2020, 04:18 AM   #7
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At $500+ to replace, itís probably worth trying to re-seal it.
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Old 15-01-2020, 11:21 AM   #8
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It is a fair amount of work - the front bearing sits flush, so it needs to be dremelled out. The shaft is stepped, so the seal needs to be installed carefully.
Once you develop a method, it's not too bad.
Depends where the leak is - if it's rear, then it's just a large O ring to replace.

TRS105: https://www.polarbearinc.com/index.c...24/ss-0847.htm
Sanden FS10(AU): https://www.polarbearinc.com/index.c...24/ss-0731.htm
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Old 15-01-2020, 03:23 PM   #9
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Hi mate, I'm in A/C parts and can get you a genuine Sanden comp for well under $500.
Don't bother with trying to reseal it.
These TR series compressors were never very good from the start!
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These TR series compressors were never very good from the start!
Why's that?
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