Rebuild or Replace A/C Compressor?
Diesel Kiki Models. [Inquiry] My ’87 700 has a Diesel Kiki a/c compressor that has seized. Is it rebuildable (by me?) or smarter to just remove & replace? Are rebuilts available? Are they good as new? [Response: Tom Irwin] In the years I worked in aftermarket I probably bought between 50,000 and 100,000 Diesel Kiki’s, as rebuildable cores. What can I tell you… Well, in general they are CHEAPLY built and not very reliable compared to Nippon-Denso, Panasonic, etc. Is it rebuildable (by me?) No. Are rebuilts available? TONS! EVERYWHERE! Are they good as new? Sometimes they are better…the aftermarket KNOWS which components fail and endeavor to improve the unit. Look for who manufactured it… Murray/Moog, Four Seasons, AC Plus, are all EXCELLENT rebuilds. ASK the parts guy who makes their private label stuff Can the clutch be replaced without discharging the system? Yes. One last note… Diesel Kiki’s, that were converted to 134a are shit. Since you are going whole hog… get a 134a pu