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AC Compressor Always Damaged (Noisy)!

I (myself) changed the AC compressor for two times already [Part #: AC Delco Part # 15-20456 (Orifice, A/C Condenser Tube, part # 15-5378 & Refrigerant Oil using 88901445, part # 15-118)]. Now, I think I will change it again because that same noise (grinding sound) is audible again.

Is there any product quality problem reported on this AC compressor?

I flushed the whole AC system already for many times and I changed also the Receiver Drier. Any more suggestions or experiences you have? Please share it to me? Thanks!

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  • MatinikSaCar Aug 21, 2008

    Thank you tripletauto, but the AC system of this vehicle have two strainers already the orifice itself plus the suction port of the compressor.

    I’m with the automobile since 1989 and i can say that a lot failures when it comes to the design in this vehicle (if so i want to chat with the designer-engineer perhaps). Or maybe this car is free of maintenance at all!

    So far here are some on them: (you can validate too my dear cavalier owner)

    1.) That single Fan will not run if you will not turns on your AC. (even the engine is warmed up).

    2.) If AC is “ON” and you will turn the Dial Switch to Face mode, it will go to refresh cycle. That recirculation/refresh mode should have a separate switch. (I tested 2 Cavaliers already).

    3.) Clutch master cylinder is made of Plastic (How come!). Mine already damaged.

    4.) You cannot remove/change directly the released cylinder (mounted in Transaxle) unless you will have to pull-down the whole transaxle. (what a design man!) (Those owner who had the same job, you have the right to reimburse the labor you paid to Chevrolet mother office).

    5.) Clutch master to release cylinder pipe (or connection) is made of PLASTIC! YES A PLASTIC TUBE!

    6.) Fuel filter was fitted/fastened by a rivet (not a bolted one). Why? meaning the filter is forever there? Come on!

    7.) All of the power window motors are also fitted with tough rivets. So how can you remove/change the damaged one? Hmmp! I faced a problem on this when I changed my RLH window motor.

    8.) Just wait soon…

  • MatinikSaCar Aug 21, 2008

    By the way tripletauto, how sure are you that there was no product concerns? What is your connection with Chevrolet Company? Are you part of the technical people who are involve in product concern? If yes, can you send me some of the service/technical bulletin concerning any other problem/s of this subject car? / Fyi!



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No product concerns might wanna add an inline a/c fil;ter

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    TripleTauto Aug 21, 2008

    I am employed as a tech at chevy dealership.The compressors have same issues as most other cars from what i have seen.The radiator fan is designed to come on when engine reaches a certain temp and go off at certain temp.The a/c kicks it on to pull air across condensor.The a/c will work in fresh and recirc mode a/c cuts on when in recirc mode as do all cars.Clutch cylinder is made of plastic yes,Look around no cars are made like they used to you have a entry level car.Fuel filter bracket is bolted on if you have a rivet someone has installed that.I agree the rivets are a pain in the a$$ but you will find this on most american cars.

    All i did was offer you a suggestion for installing a filter.the orifice is not designed to be a filter ac/delco makes an inline filter kit to install on suction hose it is not very much.Sorry if I offended you trying to help!



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