My air conditioning compressor is 'cracked'. It's lost all of it's coolant. Other than this issue, the car at 162K+ is in great shape. Dealer says that it'll be just shy of $1000 to fix it. What are my options for a lower $?
I'm not the best on cars, hence I'd probably not do this myself but I'm open to going to a junk yard for a recent crash for Camry LE compressor. [Dealer says a rebuilt compressor is about $100+ less]. The car is my daughter's car to drive and she'd love to have AC. Being in the midwest, we've got about 6-8 weeks left of "AC weather". By this time next year the car will have 180K. No rust, no dents, doesn't use oil, transmission in great shape, cloth interior is in great shape, just replaced rear brakes, tires have about 40K+ left on them. Oil is changed each 3-4K miles.
Just looking for ideas/suggestions on what to do and my risk/reward factors. Again, I might be able to do some of the work but I'm not the type that does the car-stuff each weekend. [Is it easy to remove/replace and then have someone refill the AC coolant?] Like what happens if I buy compressor from a junk yard? Can I purchase the 93-96 Camry compressors?
Other ideas solicited and welcomed!!!