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I am told I need an AC compressor, dryer assembly, freon, & v-belt. Could you please tell me what this should cost? They quoted $241.73 and parts 605.99 for my 2000 Kia Sportage. Thank you for all your help. Not sure really what to do. Do not trust any of them anymore. Thelma Lee

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Thelma Thank you for writing into AskPatty. The price you were provided sounds like it may be a dealership cost for parts and labor. I recommend you obtain multiple quotes but this cost sounds reasonable.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Greetings Thelma, The pricing sounds fair for an AC compressor, dryer assembly, freon, & v-belt. If you don't trust the shop you are at, you should take it somewhere else for a second opinion. Make sure you take it to a shop that specializes in A/C work.

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Thelma, This certainly seems reasonable. The compressor will cost the most. Make sure you get a good warranty with your repair. For a nominal charge (about $10), you can have ultra violet dye added to the ac system when it's recharged. That will aide in diagnosing any future problems. Hope this helps! When in doubt, make sure you ask lots of questions. If the shop seems uncomfortable with this or doesn't answer to your satisfaction- leave!

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Thelma, If your AC Compressor is in need of replacement then you will need to replace the dryer, freon and the belt. You might alwo want to check into having hte tension pulley replaced as maintenance. The cost thay are giving you is about right for this job. A/C replacement can run around $1000.00 for the complete replacement with Freon and recharge. Good Luck! Julie

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. Four Seasons sells a compressor wholesale for about $200, and drier for about $30. A belt sells for about $10, and Freon 134a refrigerant sells wholesale for about $30 per pound. Your vehicle will need a 25 ounces of refrigerant, or about 2 pounds. That brings the parts total to about $300 wholesale. Shops mark up the parts different amounts, so it pays to call around for prices. And you can figure it will take about 3 hours of labor time to recover the refrigerant, replace the compressor, drier, evacuate and recharge the A/C system. Multiply 3 hours times the going labor rate in your area to get an idea of fair labor charges.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Thelma Lee, Did they tell you why they had to replace those items? I'm guessing that the compressor went bad and broke the belt. I'm not sure why they're replacing the receiver dryer and not the condenser as well. Usually if they are replacing it because of damage the compressor caused there are other parts involved. That being said, I would go to www.repairpal.com and get a price estimate using your zip code. You'll see that the price they gave is pretty accurate. It's expensive to replace a/c parts. You can call around to other shops, now that you know what you need, and ask them prices as well. Good luck. Lori Johnson www.ladiesstartyourengines.com

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Thelma, When dealing with A/C~ it's usually not a small ticket. There is no short-cut if done the proper way! We are in AZ, where we are the Experts in HOT! Our price would be: 1215 + tax including expansion valve~ $992 + tax without expansion valve. This is for a new compressor not a reman. This price also includes the V-Belt and Freon. Make sure you ASK what is included when the final number is presented to you... Keep Cool!

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