A/C Leak Question

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by i_build, May 7, 2009.

  1. i_build

    i_build Rockstar

    99 Suburban LT 5.7 C1500

    There appears to be a slow leak around the compressor body. There appears to be a hold down band that bolts to the motor and holds the compressor in place. Underneath that band is where I am seeing the leak detector (green stuff) slowly bubbling out. I havent tried to pull the compressor... but does that mean it is shot? is there something under that hold down that can be re-sealed?
  2. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I've got what sounds to be a similar issue on the compressor on my 91 suburban. It's been like that for a while, but I don't seem to be losing freon at a rate high enough to really notice a drop in cooling ability. I've been putting mine off until I can overhaul the entire system and add the rear a/c back in.

    However, I do think the compressor on our trucks are on their way out. :(
  3. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    When I replaced the compressor on my 93 a few years ago I remember a variety of plugs to close ports not used on my vehicle. Didn't hang onto the installation instructions. (Why keep what you don't read eh?) You might want to truck on down to the parts store to take a gander at a compressor out of the box.
  4. jester

    jester New Member

    If your compressr is leaking you have to replace it. There is no way to just reseal it unless its leaking around the fittings.
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Just like unplugged said on the bottom of the compressor near the bolts for the support bracket there are a couple unused ports that are plugged off, the plugs use "O" rings to seal them.
    The real problem is to change out the "O" rings you have to evacuate the system of all the freon, change the "O" rings out, pull a vacuum on the system, and recharge it. After all this work you might just as well rebuild or replace the compressor, change the drier cannister, and change the other "O" rings in the system. Basically rebuild your A/C system, shouldnt take but the better part of the afternoon.
    The A/C compressor used on these trucks shows 156 different applications, I know some of those are used on completely different body styles (i.e. Isuzu medium duty trucks) which probably use different freon ports but I'd guess most of the applications are similiar.
  6. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I gotta admit that I am always tempted to try JB Weld or duct tape to seal things that leak!:lol:
    Here's what I have in my first aid kit:
  7. i_build

    i_build Rockstar

    OK I saw a dryer and compressor on ebay for about 150$ rebuilt. Will be the next project.

    Wow... I just bought this thing and in a month I put in a heavy duty radiator, new front wheel bearings, idler arm, and pitman arm, new sound system and 4 new speakers, all the tune up goodies, fuel pump, and now... the a/c compresser and dryer...:gasp:

    I hope it ends here... the engine and tranny are smooth and strong...

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