2008 Subaru WRX Sport 165,000 miles.
A little while ago I started having trouble with my AC. I’d hit the AC button but the compressor wouldn’t engage. This was sporadic at first but eventually I just had no luck getting the compressor to engage. Eventually I think it froze and the belt shredded. After I removed the belt, it started blowing fuses so I took it to the dealership and they unplugged the compressor. So today I got the bright idea of seeing if I could do this myself.
I went out and tried to see if I could move the compressor by hand and it was locked up. Eventually by trying to rotate it clockwise and counterclockwise I was able to get it freed up but I can hear loose metal inside the pully wheel somewhere. I am assuming I need a new compressor.
So how hard is this? Do I just unbolt the old one and bolt the new one on with a new belt? The dealership quoted over 1K for this job and I see compressors for less than half that online. (P/N 73111FG002) I’m in between jobs right now so it would be nice to save 500 bucks.
Mike from Indian Trail, NC