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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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...To my dismay, the compressor came in a box with “Made in United States” printed on it, but a sticker beneath with “Made in China” written below 4 Season’s Lewisville, TX Corporate Office and Distribution Center address. I opened it and found a Chinese compressor made by Bao Lai Enterprises International, model ATRS090. I said, “Oh boy, here we go again.” The guy asked what the problem was, I let him know that somebody put a Chinese compressor in my box and that I would not be happy if I had to use the warranty after a few weeks of use; he had no comment....
Sometimes, I hate being right.

10 months of service and the clutch falls off. Pictures below.


A few days ago, the compressor started sporadically engaging and disengaging. It was an intermittent failure, so I decided to let it ride until the problem got worse so it would be easier to diagnose. Last night, the grinding started, shortly followed by a dull pop and the sound of bits of metal tumbling down from my engine bay. I pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot and removed the A/C belt (I had a 14mm box-end wrench in my trunk) and took the pictures below.

This morning, they ordered replacement. They will call me when it arrives so I can bring in the old one to swap for the new.

I have my old empties saved from the install, I will assemble a cold trap to re-use the 22 ounces of refrigerant in the system now.


You can see the belt is frayed on the distal side, relative to the motor.




See anything missing?




There you are!




My temporary fix:

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1997 Honda Accord EX-V6 (CE6)
2.7 liter SOHC 24-valve PGM-Fi (C27A4)
4-spd automatic (MPZA)

1986 Toyota MR2 (AW11)
1.6 liter DOHC 16-valve EFI (4A-GE)
5-spd manual (C50)
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