So this week I hit 375,000 miles and was time for another oil change. I was scheduled for Tuesday at Lyle Pearson Acura. I missed my appointment in the morning, but they made room for me in the afternoon despite them being extremely busy. As it turns out, it was also the day the AC stopped blowing cold. I was really hoping it was the condensor. Over the years it has taken a major beating thru the front bumper opening. You can see all the fins have basically been destroyed thru the bumper opening, and it looks like it’s been sandblasted. There’s almost a hard line where the damage stops above where the opening is. The fact that it is still hold any kind of pressure is a miracle of science. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. I’ve pulled tumble weeds, rocks, large insects & even birds out of this condensor (4 birds to be exact). I’ll get a better pic when it’s out of the car. But no, it wasn’t the condensor. Turns out the compressor finally seized up.
The good news is that it went out of commission at the tail end of summer. There’s only a week or two of 80’s and 90 degree weather left out here before it drops into the 70’s. So I’m going to wait until early spring to have everything replaced. I’ll also be replacing the condensor even tho it’s still holding pressure. When it’s out, I’ll be donating it to Science. Travis (My Service Manager) says to replace everything… Compressor, Clutch & Condensor with labor is about $1,880.00. So I’ll be able to put some money aside during the winter to cover it.
So 375,000 is how many miles I got out of my AC system. Not too bad. Well, pretty much anything that goes out on the car from this point on will have served me well. Other than the AC, everything checked out fine & I just needed an oil change. The latest service invoice is here.