AC Woes

Jobe Tichy bimmer_dude at
Tue Aug 20 20:29:08 EDT 2002

Thanks for the suggestion.  I think I will give the locktite a try if it
appears that all have evaquated from that point.


>From: Steve Hackett <sbhack at>
>To: 200q20v at
>CC: "Jobe Tichy" <bimmer_dude at>
>Subject: Re: AC Woes
>Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 14:44:54 -0400
>At 05:53 AM 8/20/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>>Hello Listers...
>>Well, I took the 200 20v into the shop the other day to refill what I was
>>hoping to only be the R12.  Unfortunately, the tech stated that the
>>compressor will not hold any refrigerant and that the compressor is shot.
>>am very unfamiliar with AC systems (hence me taking it to a shop for the
>>first time since owning the car), so is there any way that the seals are
>>problem at the compressor and can easily be replaced?  From my
>>if the clutch engages, then the compressor is OK--mine engages just  fine,
>>any leads on explaining why the tech would think it would be a bad
>>compressor?  And finally, who's got the cheapest rebuilt compressors out
>>there?  Is it worth throwing in a used one?  I was inspecting the
>>today and there was oil ALL OVER the compressor.  I imagine this is AC
>>so could there have been some catastrophic burst to atmosphere everything
>>inside?  It does not appear to be hydraulic fluid.
>>Thanks for any help with this one.
>I have two of these compressors ('88 5000s & 200q20v) that leaked oil from
>connection housing o-ring.  I had my shop pull the compressor and seal the
>housing with a Locktite product, orange in color - don't remember which
>it was but they use it on Porsche engine case halves.  I couldn't do it
>myself due
>to the obvious R12 handling issues.
>You can't buy just the o-ring but the connection housing, which includes
>the o-ring,
>costs as much as a new compressor.
>Both units continue to run without leaking oil to this day thanks to
>Locktite and some
>Hope this helps,
>Steve Hackett

<P>'91 200tq 20v</P>
<P>'84 BMW 318i (modified)</P>

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