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Tacoma 05 air compressor complete failure @ 38K

I pushed the AC button....for the 4th season, 38K , a squealing noise, then nothing. @#* Tech says compressor shaft broken!  $2,000. Wonder if Toyota quality control has a taken a nap.  Now I wonder what next?  Since 2K over warranty Toyota offered 50%....still $1,000. When it's 90* out it's like blackmail.  Should I have been turning it on once a month?  

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Most systems "cycle" on and off even in winter so that would not help. R134 tends to escape from even perfect systems at a faster rate than did R12, making recharges necessary (same as a balloon gets smaller though it has no holes in it) "half price" sounds a bit high even for a non-discount" job. Failure itself sounds like a material defect in the compressor unless a hose let go and the system oil escaped. There are protective devices that generally shut the system down long before the compressor lets go like yours did.

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Very unfortunate to say the least ...concerns me as I have the 06 model. It is recomended to run the compressor occassionally which is primairly done so to recirc refrigerant oil inside the sealed system that is supposed to lubricate all seals and o-rings througout the system however be aware that the compressor is called on in defrost if you are ever using that in the winter months.it is supposed to assist in drying the air faster in damp conditions

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Could be just ceased. Dowse driver behind pulley with penetrating oil and let sit for awhile. It might have blown the censor so follow wires to a little block and change that too.

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It should be cycled on at least once a week even in the summer, the reason it’s so expensive is it's a variable displacement compressor, but if you go up the food chain and moan and grown to Toyota I bet they will bite the bullet and fix it for free.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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