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2000 Lincoln LS Compressor, Drier, Expansion Valve & Hot Air
I recently took it back to the mechanic. I was told the clutch on the compressor is going in and out. He said the compressor is cycling in and out and that the freon may be releasing because of a leak causing the clutch to work overtime or something to that effect.. Also, he said that there seems to be a leak, but he's not 100% certain how bad. In the end, he told me that it would be prudent to refill with "new freon" ($58.99). Then, see how long it will stay in there. He said he recommends this because it could cost in upwards of $1600+ to fix the problem for a new compressor and drier (approx. $850) and expansion valve (approx. $750). In addition, he said that replacing the expansion valve takes several hours of labor and the parts alone for the expansion valve would coast approx. $750. Therefore, he recommended going with a quick fix of filling with new freon. If this does not resolve the problem, however, he said I would need to return to fix the major issue. My mechanic further stated that if this is the case, I may be able to get away with just replacing the compressor and drier. Has anyone else had this issue? Does it seem as though my mechanic diagnosed the problem properly?