For replacing the compressor and clutch plate / hub it will take in total approx. 4 labor hours. This does NOT include recovering and recharging system which will be an additional 1 1/2 labor hours. Looking at near $300 - $350 in labor fees alone.
July, 10, 2010 AT 9:56 AM
You confirmed the estimate my garage made. My garage did not shop the compressor price as aggressively as I expected, so I wanted to check the whole quote.
As he invited me to seek other compressor costs, I expect he will order the compressor from a source I select and install it at his regular rates.
July, 11, 2010 AT 3:20 PM
Not a cheap part. You could get a DENSO brand remanufactured for around $500. Other lower end brands will be around $350 - $400 for remanufacturered one.