So, I post a week or two ago about leaking AC (got a slow leak, lasts a few weeks before recharge). I decie to go the environmentally friendly route and have it checked out one more time. I take it to the local AC guy. He keeps it most of the day, calls me and says compressor is leaking. Can fix it for $850Ö..$850!!!!! !@#$%^&#$$%!!!!!! So, after I stop laughing, I pick the car up (at least the guy didnít charge me anything for the testing), and tell him no-can-do. Iím a pretty good wrench-turner, Oreilly has the compressor for $189, hell...I can handle it.
Questions: Do I take the car somewhere and have the system de-pressurized or can I just crack it open? The guy quoted a new accumulator also. He said once you break open the system, you must replace the accumulator. Is that true and if so why?