like anything else....maybe
if its the cheapest maybe not
autozone and the other parts stores may have some OK rebuilts, but many like
the GM A6 and R4 are just REPAINTED!
the less common comp like honduhs may be OK.
I don't really have enough experience with them to say. Rebuilt alternators
and starters are the pits; rebuilt water pumps seem to be okay (although I
had one fail in just one day), so anybody's guess is as good as mine on that
part. I've had a horrifically expensive experience with rebuilt injectors in
my Volvo. ($900 - mainly for an entire day of troubleshooting at the dealer.
The injectors flow tested perfectly but the engine wouldn't run right with
If you are a good shop with all the proper equipment then its a easy job.
Your paying for a warranty primarily, the guarantee that if the new
compressor fails than the shop can afford to do the job again without any
extra cost to you.
A large compressor remanufacturing place said it takes 3 compressors to
clean out a system. can you afford to buy three compressors?
This same shop was once boxing new compressors as reman's (Due to some
supply or contract law) and the "reman" ones were coming back at a high
rate; the shops saving money by going the reman route weren't cleaning out
the system well enough (if at all)
1000 is a lot of money, bur can you afford to do it several times on your
Stephen W. Hansen
ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
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