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My condenser/compressor popped it's lid off

My condenser/compressor - I don't know anything about cars - burst and liquid went on my engine causing it to steam. What are the repurcussions of this and how much is it likely to cost me???

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Sounds like your pressures were to high replace your compressor 2 to 350.00$ new dryer 80.00$ high pressure switch 40.00$ flush all lines and coils vacume and recharge self 500.00$. A shop 9 to 11 hundred probubly have your system checked yearly because AC pressuers fluctuate from season to season and if you dont need your AC in the winter Pull that fuse cause in defrost mode your AC is on.

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