2003 Saturn L-200 Climate Control Problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Dejola, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Dejola

    Dejola Guest

    I received this message from my brother-in-law who is having a problem
    with his climate control. I pass his message along unedited. This is
    all I know about his problem. Haven't been able to reach him for
    further information or clarification. He's traveling.

    Any body have any idea what could be going on. He hopes it's something
    simple and inexpensive to repair, but one Saturn owner he spoke with
    says he could be in for a repair bill of $600 to $800.

    Thanks. My brother-in-law's statement of symptoms is below:

    "It was going on after a long time, and running for about 5 minutes or
    less, and now it don;t go on at all. I heard the motor and it seem to
    be straining, and then all at once it would kick in and run for 5 or
    less minutes.i checked all fuses and they're okay."
    Dejola, Jan 20, 2009
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    Oppie Guest

    Tell your bil to trade in his L series. He can not seem to effectively
    express himself. Are we talking problems of heat, defogging or simply blower

    fwiw- My Lw-300 had a problem with a connector behind the HVAC panel and
    radio. The connector burned up a few pins. As this was not a connection that
    had to be removed for service, I bypassed the burned pins by cutting them
    off one at a time from each side of the connectors and splicing them
    permanently. The blower control switch was also burned but still
    serviceable. The blower switch is not available as a separate item - the
    entire hvac panel must be replaced (at about $180).

    Oppie, Jan 23, 2009
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    Steph Guest

    Fwiw, before I dumped my LW-200 the A/C clutch assembly went out.
    It was a $1k+ repair.
    Steph, Jan 29, 2009
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    Oppie Guest

    That sounds like they replaced the entire compressor and evacuated /
    recharged the system. I had a car that they tried to do that on me. I just
    bought a clutch assembly and replaced it myself. Worked very nicely.
    Oppie, Feb 2, 2009
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    Perhaps it was the compressor that froze up and not just the clutch
    assembly. In that case the full evacuation procedure would be needed and
    the dryer replaced too. Otherwise, I agree with you completely that the OP
    was over charged.

    Bob Shuman, Feb 2, 2009
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    Steph Guest

    I wasn't the OP, but that was my story about the clutch assembly.
    I agree it was overcharging especially given we had complained about the
    rough AC operaton for months/years/miles. The original quote was around
    $1200 and included a compressor and the associated labor charges for the
    evacuation and dryer.

    I did get them to take some off and paid around $700 for the repair as I
    recall. but I was very soured over that experience, and as I recall the
    OP topic - every repair or replacement part for the LW series.

    So far the 2002 Outlook has been good.
    Steph, Feb 9, 2009
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