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Old 08-28-2020, 08:19 AM   #1
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help installing compressor - las vegas

Hello everyone - I am looking for someone to install a compressor in a bus I purchased that is stored in Las Vegas. the bus is a 1994 Bluebird TC 2000. Im in Indiana and the previous owner says that is all that it needs for the AC to work in the bus. Thanks in advance

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Old 08-28-2020, 01:58 PM   #2
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i would not believe a previous owner unless he showed a estimate from a ac man that stated that. you are buying it "as is" so once he got your cash .........
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Old 08-28-2020, 06:37 PM   #3
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im in ohio.. is the A/C compressor on the bus or was it removed? how did they determine it is bad? I recently fixed a dual A/C system where the compressor wires on both of that persons A/C's had broken off in the harness a foot or so back due to poor factory splices..



also unusual for a Bluebird TC to only have 1 compressor and not 2, esp on a 5.9..
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Old 08-28-2020, 07:15 PM   #4
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I should also add that if the compressor broke mechanically.. ie locked up and the system oil isnt still perfectly clear then the system will nbeed a complete flush.. and any time you replace a compressor it will need a new receiver / drier , and then a complete refrigerant charge (you never re-use freon from a compressor failure and obviously the labor involved to do the work.. sometimes working on a front engine TC can be a royal pain..
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:28 AM   #5
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hi mmmoore - i knew the ac wasn't working when I bought it. It was the previous sellers assumption that it was the compressor.
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Old 08-29-2020, 08:32 AM   #6
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Hello cadillac kid - not sure about any answers to your questions. As i stated to mmmore I knew the ac didn't work when I bought the bus and seller assumed it was the compressor. Didn't realize that there maybe 2 compressors though. Not happy to hear that a front engine TC is a pain to work on. Thanks for your input though.
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Old 08-29-2020, 10:41 AM   #7
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It’s worth doing a full analysis on the system.. often on that engine and bus the compressors are down low on the engine at the front..

A compressor that fails to spin can be anything from a bad wire to low freon to bad compressor.. (low freon would mean some sort of leak).. your bus may only have 1 system but most have 2 except a short bus (6 or 7 window ) will often have 1. And yet others have one big monster compressor but those are not as common on school busses
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Old 08-31-2020, 02:53 PM   #8
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hello cadillac kid - you've helped me immensely. Thanks.
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Old 08-31-2020, 04:12 PM   #9
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Hi Cadillackid - what an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas?
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