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|3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.|
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Here's my take, I have an 88 325iC and the air conditioner has expired. I don't like A/C anyway so I have cut the fan belt to the compressor but nothing else...the A/C is all there....anybody who would like a free part is welcome...
Had the AC pressure tested for leaks -- passed. Changed fittings for R134, evacuated the system for 15 minutes, then they put in 1.8 lbs of refrigerant and the requisite amount of oil. So far, so good.
Off to the salvage yard to look for more E30 parts....
You should be good if you pulled a good vacuum on the system. This is where people fail. They don't pull a good vacuum, leave moisture in the system and the moisture kills the compressor.
Your process sounds OK. Have saved many compressors over the years doing the same.
Thanks for the encouraging words, especially as another Vegas summer will get here soon enough.
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