Worse case scenario is compressor... if the mileage is high, it is most
likely to be the compressor shot. Wear and tear gets them. This will set you
back $300 if you do it yourself... but while you are at it... convert to
R134... meaning changing the hoses, drier, the valves, pressure switch and
seals... Probably will run you about $600 in part only... You can put it
all together yourself.
Everyone thinks about evaporator... but I gotta tell you... evaporator is
the most protected item in the system... there is no way you can physically
damage it pounding on the car etc... so it is least likely to be the
Exactly the opposite on my Dodge Caravan, the evaporator is peppered with
tiny holes behind the air ducts, in the front fender/air dam, from road
debris. The evaporator is the forward most piece of hardware, sans the
I have a 1987 190e that I had to put a new compressor on a few years ago...
You should be able to get by for about $700 if you find a local guy.... The
dealer will want $1300 + for the same job....
A Celebration of American Cars, Music, and Retro Culture
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.