How to Replace an AC Compressor in your Car

  • Published on Jul 31, 2015
  • Air conditioning compressor not working? Learn how to properly replace your air conditioning compressor so you can get cold air this summer! I show you how to replace an ac compressor in a Toyota Tacoma but the process is similar for any car or truck. This works for an A/C compressor clutch that wont engage and if you are not getting cold air because the compressor is bad.
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  • vicky beytell
    vicky beytell 3 days ago

    Will you do a face reveale

  • Stone Gallimore
    Stone Gallimore 9 days ago

    You forgot the part where you put a vacuum pump on the system to suck the moisture out of the system

  • Tyler Rankin
    Tyler Rankin 11 days ago +1

    you're some sort of mechanical wizard. swivel socket, deep well, extension, a breaker bar, and one handed bravo chris you've done it again blew my mind

  • bkpickell
    bkpickell 13 days ago

    You forgot to mention that if you replace the compressor you should also replace the dryer and orifice tube.

  • Kevin Espinosa
    Kevin Espinosa 15 days ago

    One word "Details" +1 sub

  • Michael Green
    Michael Green 19 days ago

    Dude you're amazing how you explain things

  • Nbestays
    Nbestays 22 days ago

    Mine is 2007 Chevy Trailblazer 4.2L, In case of replaced A/C Compressor, Accumulator and Orifice tube. By the Owner Manual A/C Compressor has to be filled oil 2 oz and Accumulator 2 oz. How to fill oil in Accumulator? Thanks

  • MultiDimensional Exploration

    Great video! Easy to watch and super helpful! Thanks you.

  • YourWatchenMig
    YourWatchenMig 29 days ago

    Wish you had a chevy cruze ac compressor replacement

  • Francis Burlaza
    Francis Burlaza Month ago


  • Friends Refrigeration system

    Good job

  • Kim L
    Kim L Month ago

    Excellent video as always! Also have to give a 2 thumbs up to the cameraman who did an excellent job.. !!!

  • Spacecraft tris R ram 4080

    I am 12 so... and I am learning but I live this channel

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  Month ago

      Thanks! And always keep learning!

  • Jacob Ingram
    Jacob Ingram Month ago

    Love all of you videos man! Could you please make a video on how to pump out the refrigerant so we could do it our selfs? I would highly appreciate. Thanks

  • Kim Petiza
    Kim Petiza Month ago

    The condenser and evaporator has to be flushed

  • coolman9i6
    coolman9i6 Month ago

    That washer bag gave me ptsd of my days as a parts guy

  • Syneca Milan
    Syneca Milan 2 months ago

    So you're gonna sit here and tell me that you disconnected the A/C without discharging the freon?

  • Juan Gonzalez1
    Juan Gonzalez1 2 months ago


  • Grill MAC
    Grill MAC 2 months ago +2

    Just completed my AC compressor replacement and Freon refill. Thanks ChrisFix!!!

  • 『三父』Xeon
    『三父』Xeon 2 months ago

    Can You Make "How To Check Air Conditioner Wiring??".. Please Answer!!

  • Richard Reyes
    Richard Reyes 2 months ago

    I followed the advice in your video and got it done like a champ! I replaced the AC compressor, Condensor and dryer. Had local shop evac and recharge for a decent fee. Thanks Chris!!

  • Mike Cyr
    Mike Cyr 2 months ago +1

    everything he does makes a mechanics job not worth the money, until i go and do it myself lmao

  • Perfect Reflection
    Perfect Reflection 2 months ago


  • Darijo Mandic
    Darijo Mandic 2 months ago

    + 1666 666 666

  • iLeonard R35
    iLeonard R35 2 months ago

    hey chris can you make more videos about this tacoma thank you

  • Alamin Alamin
    Alamin Alamin 2 months ago


  • David Mandujano
    David Mandujano 2 months ago

    That ujoint looks limp, give it some viagra. Lol

  • Jacob Rebeiro
    Jacob Rebeiro 2 months ago

    I thought you said don’t use a swivel socket or universal joint extension when torquing bolts down?

  • Tc627
    Tc627 2 months ago

    Love your videos chris but last time i checked your supposed have a EPA licence to work on refrigerant and it's illegal if you don't but you might be able to prove me wrong

    • Redtooth 75
      Redtooth 75 Month ago

      You need a liscense to properly recycle the freon. In order to discharge the system you have to take it to a shop and have it professional drained. Replacing the components does not require a liscense as long as you do not vent the freon into the atmosphere.

  • Carlos
    Carlos 2 months ago

    Says he will show us how to do it ourselves and to not be afraid of doing it. Then says we need to take it to mechanic to have them pump out the refrigerant because its bad for you and the environment. I still like your videos though.

  • Karl Dickinson
    Karl Dickinson 2 months ago

    Great informative video. Thanks.

  • Prop Ability FPV
    Prop Ability FPV 2 months ago

    lmao nice try. i know this is not as easy as you make it look

  • Googah Dad
    Googah Dad 2 months ago

    You deserve 100M subscribers!

  • Jimmy Hernandez
    Jimmy Hernandez 2 months ago

    How can I know if my compressor needs oil or is properly loaded with. ?? I bought a rebuild compressor.

    • TeraVolt
      TeraVolt Month ago +1

      Drain into a graduated container, you should measure the complete system oil charge minus half one fl oz. Always best to drain the oil, use it for something else (chain lube for example) and refill it with a commercial oil of the correct viscosity grade, unless it's explicitly stated the compressor is shipped with the entire oil charge for your car's AC system, and it's OEM oil (for example when you buy a OEM Denso compressor and it states that it's been pre-filled with the right amount of ND Oil 8).

  • ap4709pk
    ap4709pk 3 months ago

    Do you have any training as a mechanic or did you learn all this on your own? This is damned impressive.

  • Ro D
    Ro D 3 months ago +1

    Know what you're doing before posting videos mayne, you more than likely
    Voided peoples warranties by them watching your video..... their warranty will be voided if the accumulator/drier isnt replaced with new compressor.

  • Christopher Bogle
    Christopher Bogle 3 months ago

    Bro your oil filter is no good cut it open and see

  • Brian Dena
    Brian Dena 3 months ago +1

    The dealer quoted $1200 to replace the compressor with parts and labor. The ChrisFix price was $450 for parts and accomplishment.

    • Mr. Provocative
      Mr. Provocative 2 months ago

      Brian Dena my dealer quoted me for $1500. I also ended up paying $450

  • Willie Fufu
    Willie Fufu 3 months ago

    have a 2004 Acura TSX I replaced the Compressor and after connecting everything, Electrical connections and all, the lights won't turn on, the interior lights won't function, the power windows won't function, the only thing that works is the hazard lights, can you tell me what the problem could be?

  • Abdul Hameed
    Abdul Hameed 3 months ago

    Dear it necessary to replace the condenser coil in the front attached to the radiator when you replace with new compressor

    • TeraVolt
      TeraVolt Month ago +1

      Not strictly necessary unless the old compressor is seized, but it's a good thing to replace a 10+ year old condenser anyway. Over time, it fills with compressor wear material and ceases rejecting heat as good as a new one would.

  • Filmaker25
    Filmaker25 3 months ago

    So yours had the oil. Will it cost more if it has the oil already in the compressor? If you get charged more that sounds sketch.

    • TeraVolt
      TeraVolt Month ago

      It may cost more when it's been filled with OEM oil. Anyway, OEM oil or commercial oil, use the right amount of the correct viscosity and type of oil, use Double End Capped PAG when PAG is required, make sure to fill the compressor with oil from the drain hole whenever the compressor comes with one, and it won't really matter.

  • alf
    alf 3 months ago

    Now lets get this compressor on to a tray....NICE!

  • Nitza Ramirez
    Nitza Ramirez 3 months ago +2

    He makes it look so easy..I'm 69 and zi think I can do this following his video.😘🤩

    • Donna Reed
      Donna Reed 2 months ago

      Nitza Ramirez
      I’m a sixty year old woman and he makes me feel like I can fix my car too

  • Michael Bill
    Michael Bill 3 months ago

    Why are your engine and components so corroded and pitted? Weird!

  • Drew Duncan
    Drew Duncan 3 months ago

    Yeah about that whole “take it to a shop and have it professionally evacuated” bit - Firestone won’t do that for me and give me back the car in that condition. What the hell? Is that a weird or unusual thing to ask?

    • TeraVolt
      TeraVolt Month ago

      Perhaps they did that because you have a clutchless compressor on your car? In that case, the compressor would shortly seize up, because such a compressor is always running when the engine is on, and no cooling is being provided to the compressor when there's no refrigerant whatsoever in the system.

    • Doug
      Doug 3 months ago +1

      Go somewhere else. That's not a weird request. I've had it done for under $50 multiple times over the years. You're being responsible and trying to empty your system the legal way. Venting refrigerant on purpose is illegal, and shops can report you if you bring them an empty system with no sign of damage or leaks. Odds are they won't, but they can. I also don't fill my own systems. I add the oil, close the system and let the same shop check for leaks and add refrigerant.

  • BM Eddy
    BM Eddy 3 months ago

    Great work! Your patience is excellent. I would be bitching because I had to remove the damn wheel! Like I said great work!

  • Larry342516
    Larry342516 4 months ago

    I replaced all new parts inside my AC, and now having trouble wiring it back up. Old clutch had only two wires. A black and a white wire. New one has two black wires and one Red wire. Do all the Black wires go together, and the Red wire does it go to the white wire? Thanks for any help.

  • Layarion
    Layarion 4 months ago

    what's a breaker bar?

  • Hamu Jimenez
    Hamu Jimenez 4 months ago

    How do you know it’s the compressor that it’s wrong? Thanks

    • TeraVolt
      TeraVolt Month ago

      Rotate the clutch hub by hand and check if it rotates with uniform resistance, check if it's leaking refrigerant oil

  • Carmen karlos
    Carmen karlos 4 months ago

    the way you do that is completely roung

  • Ryan West
    Ryan West 4 months ago

    What’s up Chris ima big big fan i watch all of your videos and I’m stuck right now and i was wondering if you could give some advice my car blows warm air when Its over 85 degrees outside when i checked my refrigerant it was overfilled so i released some pressure and it didn’t change anything i can’t hear my compressor clicking on and off and it’s buried so i can’t really see if it’s clicking on and off could it be another problem other than the compressor. Thanks

  • Cody Franklin
    Cody Franklin 4 months ago

    How do you replace the ac clutch on a compressor if you can't get it off?

    • Cody Franklin
      Cody Franklin 4 months ago

      By it I mean I can't get the compressor off stripped bolt just far enough from the frame to get a socket.

  • William Peng
    William Peng 4 months ago +6

    Let’s hide our compressor way down there so no one can replace it

    • Tyler Rankin
      Tyler Rankin 11 days ago

      chris can do it

    • Eric R
      Eric R Month ago

      You should see the process to getting to a tundra starter..its like they want you to scrap the truck instead

  • Papi_pulco
    Papi_pulco 4 months ago

    Sooo. I tried this aaaand. My car won’t start 🤣🤣

    • Marcson GAUDIN
      Marcson GAUDIN 4 months ago

      Another problem, i am watching because i wanted to replace mine but i don't think it's that easy for novice like me

  • houstontxking1
    houstontxking1 4 months ago +2

    Did u have to Evacuate the refrigerant first????

    • houstontxking1
      houstontxking1 4 months ago +1

      @Marcson GAUDIN Nope!! I'm sure u have to..Good thing I didnt have to remove any of my Ac lines..So I'm good!!

    • Marcson GAUDIN
      Marcson GAUDIN 4 months ago

      Great question. So did someone answer you?

  • Federico Villanueva
    Federico Villanueva 4 months ago

    Thanks for sharing it helps a lot

  • Daniel Franco
    Daniel Franco 4 months ago

    3:10 ;0 dat noise

  • Josediego Lopez
    Josediego Lopez 4 months ago

    Thank you dude i learn alot .

  • lucianoromero777
    lucianoromero777 4 months ago

    Chris fix: only you can prevent forest fires.

  • Robert Medrano
    Robert Medrano 4 months ago

    Very, very well done...