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Old 06-16-2008, 05:14 PM
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A/C Compressor replacement, where to buy from?

So I've been shopping for an A/C Compressor and the three stores in my area are Advanced Auto parts, Napa and O'reillys. AA has it for the cheapest, $148 but the last time I ordered a part from them it didn't fit. (Evaporator Valve). That EV also didn't fit from O'reillys but it did fit from napa. Should I spend the extra $50 and order the compressor from NAPA? All the pictures online are the same, so I'm assuming it's the same part from them all. Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 06-16-2008, 05:20 PM
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Wink a/c compressor

I've had best luck with NAPA on major parts like this...usually have best return, service, and warranty....

My $0.02 worth
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:26 PM
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I've had best luck with NAPA on major parts like this...usually have best return, service, and warranty....

My $0.02 worth


My $0.02+SnowShoe $0.02= $0.04, yep definitly worth $50 to go to NAPA.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:33 PM
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Cheapest for a compressor on my 78 was at parts america. Just over $100 the way I remember it.
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:54 PM
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Another Vote for NAPA.
Yes, they can cost a little more than the other places and sometimes have the same made China junk.
But many more times than the other guys, their stuff fits and works.
Like I've been told, "You get what you pay for."
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:06 PM
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So I've been shopping for an A/C Compressor and the three stores in my area are Advanced Auto parts, Napa and O'reillys. AA has it for the cheapest, $148 but the last time I ordered a part from them it didn't fit. (Evaporator Valve). That EV also didn't fit from O'reillys but it did fit from napa. Should I spend the extra $50 and order the compressor from NAPA? All the pictures online are the same, so I'm assuming it's the same part from them all. Anyone have experience with this?

I found a local AC supply shop, it's a very common compressor and the price was way better than any parts house NAPA included.
It was 100% new with a new clutch for $240 IIRC.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:06 PM
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I bought a Ready-Aire Compressor from PartsAmerica.com a few weeks ago and its already died (front valve leaking). Hopefully I can get my money back through the 1-year warranty.

Trying to decide whether to pay a few more dollars for the Factory Air version or whether I should go with Napa. Any suggestions?

Ready-Aire = $111.99
Factory Air = $144.98
Napa = $214.00

BTW, this is for the York compressor w/o clutch
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:31 PM
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Here is an oldie but a goodie.

http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=21672

They had some good prices when I called a couple of years ago.
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