....after about ten seconds it made this horrible metal grinding noise and an assload of white smoke poured out my engine bay. Is my compresser gone? Is it just that i need more antifreeze? What gives?
It definitely sounds like your AC compressor has seized. Ouch!
My AC compressor packed it in this spring. I was able to purchase a used one from the scrapyard for about $120. My dealer evacuated the system, changed the compressor with the one I supplied and recharged the system for about $250.00 so my total bill was about $400.00 (including the used compressor) by the time all the taxes and crap were paid. Not a cheap repair, but you'll have your AC going again for a reasonable price. FYI, my original quote from Ford for the compressor was $900.00; aftermarket, believe it or not was $1100.00. (All prices $CDN)
Best of luck to you!! My two cents: I wouldn't hesitate buying a used compressor from a reputable scrapyard, but if you can indeed purchase a new one like Justin H says for $250 I would go that route as it will have a much better warranty than the used one will (A year or so as opposed to 30 days!)
I've changed a compressor or two in my time. It doesen't appear to be that difficult do to on the T-Bird, but it might be worthwile having an AC shop do it. AC work can be tempramental and if you don't take care with seals, you'll have a leaky AC system and you'll be back and forth to the AC shop for frequent recharges which are nothing but a pain in the butt!!
Another benefit of having an AC shop do the work is that most shops will be able to "reclaim" your refrigerant and re-use it assuming that your system isn't empty. R134a doesen't go bad and you may be able to save a few bucks on the cost of re-charging the system.
I had to return an ISP router to the cable company and the office is about 30 minutes away. As I am driving, the car starts acting like it is missing. I could really tell it was acting up when I had to go up hills.
I made it back, though the car was running really rough by the time I made it...
I noticed the sticky in the forum top but could not find the info provided there or via search. I spent the last 2 days tackling the valve covers before I start doing motor mounts and trans mount. Typical space problems and cursing provided on both sides for lack of clearance. Luckily...
DTC34: DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG CIRCUIT LOW RESISTANCE OR SHORTED
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I did not see where anyone mentioned in the threads what to actually do other than test the...
I own a 1993 Thunderbird LX 3.8L V6, It has been parked and non oped for a while due to a mystery vibration occurring.
My mech, Ken Loyd, after a long long brainstorm finally figured out the problem.
It was the oil pump and the intermediate oil pump shaft the one in between the distributor and...
My 1996 3.8l shakes when in idle in drive.
It doesn't shake when in park or driving just when I come to a stop and the RPMS are low.
What could this be ?
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