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Old 05-14-2020, 10:13 AM   #11
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My compressor previously self destructed in a similar fashion. Loud bang, followed by cloud of smoke, with green ooze below the van. I though for sure a lost a heat hose, until I could find which one blew then realized the cooling system still had pressure. Mine only blew out the seals though. Best I could tell, it over-pressurized from debris in the system, leftover from the previous compressor failure, which was cause because a pinhole in the one of the rear lines let all the oil drain out.

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Old 05-14-2020, 10:21 AM   #12
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AC threw a rod

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When was the AC work/conversion done, because with a 2003 vehicle with 25,000 miles on it, it seems a stretch to lay that on SMB's doorstep. It seems a lot of time has passed since the conversion, unless there was a recent AC service performed that you haven't mentioned.



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Herb, The conversion was done May of 2019, I have no knowledge of any work being done to the AC in the past. I will post some pics of the pressure lines that go to the back, and the new ac SMB added for the new rear AC. That's all i'm saying is i'm curious of how their system works and what they did with the original system.
I did get another quote from MY go to mechanic now that he is open again after a 3 week covid shutdown. His price is $1300.00 I trust him and feel much better about the whole deal. I just replaced the water pump 2 weeks ago so this seems as a double whammy. Not good timing since I finally made an appointment with John Woods to have him rebuild my transmission.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:06 AM   #13
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Exploded compressors are not unheard of. Once, at the marine construction yard next to where I worked, the owner was departing in his very fancy, twin engine Agusta helicopter and once he got about twenty feet off the ground there was a similar loud bang that got every ones attention including the pilot who immediately put the ship down. It turns out that the A/C compressor that was formally bolted directly to one engine was no longer there, and pieces were splattered around the engine compartment.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:44 AM   #14
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:07 PM   #15
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Herb, The conversion was done May of 2019, I have no knowledge of any work being done to the AC in the past. I will post some pics of the pressure lines that go to the back, and the new ac SMB added for the new rear AC. That's all i'm saying is i'm curious of how their system works and what they did with the original system...

OK, that makes a lot more sense, and I understand your suspicion.



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Old 05-17-2020, 01:15 PM   #16
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Something similar happened to either my compressor or alternator (I don't recall which). It was many years ago, but similar chunk missing from the housing.
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