I also have a 2011 sx4 with a/c issues. Now that there is no longer Suzuki support in Canada and the only dealers that can successfully diagnose and repair them charge a reduculous premium on parts ($1800 for an oem compressor then almost $1000 for recharge and labour) it’s not worth fixing, but with a bill that high to repair no one would buy it. After market parts from my experience with Suzuki’s are a waste of money and you usually have to reuse some old parts to make them work. These a/c issues are a one part after another nightmare. You have to remove the entire dash and colom to get at the evaporator and evaporator valve and those are the last items left to repair and I’ve been told by multiple mechanics their not the issue. With nothing else left to change or try where do you draw the line?
I know this is an old thread thats been dredged up, but a recharge and labour is a $200 job, suck it down, nitrogen flush if required, oil and gas. If you're talking compressor change then I can see an additional $300 in labour but thats about it. Go see an A/C specialist, they will have cross match compressor books and will find something to fit.
TEV's however, to get to those you have to strip the car and get the dash out. Just about the same in all modern cars. There again, any competent A/C specialist will diagnose a stuck or malfunctioning TEV. Stop wasting time with mechanics that don't understand how A/C systems work and just want to change parts instead of diagnosing the real cause.
Unfortunately around here that’s most, I can get used compressors for a few hundred off eBay but I’m not too confident in used parts, never have luck with them. But I agree, find competent mechanics, again not easy around here. So far anyone I’ve spoken too that may be able to help he estimates way more then the cars worth to repair it and it’s not a for sure fix. Maybe it’s time to cut my losses. I can get buy with no a/c but the compressor helping to dehumidify the air and defrost quicker on those colder mornings (this is Canada after all so colder then -30 degrees celcius is the normal around here for a few months every year) makes a huge difference and saves lots of time which non of us have a lot of these days.
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