I have an '08 Acura TL 3.5, just over 101,000 miles. Last summer the AC was blowing hot at first, then after a few drives it blew cold just fine. This summer it’s just been blowing hot air. I swapped the relays as a potential easy fix, didn’t fix it. Read online that AC issues aren’t so specific that you’d need to take it to a dealer.
I read some good things about Pep Boys and saw some good reviews, so I decided to get their deluxe AC recharge package for $140. I figured maybe the refrigerant all leaked out. They checked it and said only 4oz of refrigerant leaked out and they replaced it all. Also said the compressor clutch is not engaging and it’s visibly damaged. When I asked for clarification, they said it melted. Quoted me just under $1,000 for parts and labor to replace compressor. I declined, but they said they didn’t have the compressor in to change it now anyway.
Should I pay to get a second opinion? If necessary I’ll probably buy my own OE compressor and take it to a Honda dealer for labor. Does $1K ballpark sound fair? Any help appreciated!