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A/c compressor locked up threw belt would replacing compressor work or is there trash in the system

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Always have system flushed and new accumulator installed before using new compressor. don't forget to add recommended oil for compressor . but yes if you follow theses instructions a new comp. will be fine.

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That happens when the system leaks,not just refrigerant
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Replace the compressor and belt. Make sure to put in enough of the proper type oil charge when recharging the system. Should probably have it professionally done if you don't have the tools or the expertice.

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